Iolani Palace introduces 3D tour
While nothing will truly replace the chicken-skin feeling of standing inside Iolani Palace, visitors from around the world can now take a tour of the building without having to leave home.
The palace’s new 3D virtual tour allows those interested in the historic royal residence to get a closer look at artifacts and see rooms not typically open to the public via desktop computers and mobile devices.
“We are always striving to enhance the visitor experience,” said The Friends of Iolani Palace executive director Kippen de Alba Chu in a news release. “The virtual tour is not a replacement for experiencing the palace in person, (but) it gives guests an opportunity to ... take a glimpse into what they can expect on an upcoming trip.”
Iolani Palace enlisted the services of LNG3D Hawaii, a local subsidiary of Canda-based LNG Studios, to create both a 3D tour and a “doll house model” of the structure using Matterport 3D scanning technology. Cameras were set up in more than 200 locations to map the palace interior.
The virtual tour was made possible by a $30,000 grant from the Robert Emens Black Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. Grant funds also paid for drone video footage of the palace from the air as well as interior architectural photos.
Iolani Palace, which was built in 1882 by King David Kalakaua and is the only royal residence in the United States, is open for real-life visits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (except Sunday). Visit www.iolanipalace.org for more information.
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