Museum vaults often contain artifacts that, for one reason or another, rarely see the light of day. Here’s a peek at hidden gems in the permanent collections of Honolulu’s major museums.
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Children’s Ball Costumes
When Queen Lili‘uokalani hosted a children’s ball at ‘Iolani palace, these little page-boy outfits were worn by two of the lucky guests. Like any other glittering palace event, the ball re-ceived rapturous coverage by the periodicals of the day; other small guests came as ladies from the court of Louis XIV. Textiles are too delicate to display full time, so these costumes usually
stay under wraps.