Japanese temples, historic theaters and an insiders look at Doris Dukes Hawaii estate are among the topics to be discussed in an upcoming series of lectures in Honolulu.
The talks, the 14th annual historic preservation lecture series known as Experts at the Palace, will be held at noon on Thursdays at the Old Archives Building on the grounds of Iolani Palace.
The schedule includes:
Feb. 1: "Life in Chinese Gardens, Impressions of a Honolulu Journalist," by Honolulu Advertiser staff writer Mike Leidemann.
Feb. 8: "Digging Through Sugars History in Hawaii: Stories from the Archives," by Carol Maclennan of Michigan Technological University.
Feb. 15: "Submerged Cultural Resources: More than Rust and Rotting Wood," by Hans Van Tilburg, instructor, UH Marine Archaeology Program.
March 8: "Historic Gardens and Landscapes in Hawaii: A Look at Significant Designers of the Past," by Loriann Gordon, landscape architect.
March 15: "Worshipping Our Ancestors: Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii," by Lorraine Minotoishi-Palumbo, Mason Architects.
March 22: "Imagining Shangri-La: Doris Dukes Estate at Kaalawai," by Deborah Pope, director of Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
March 29: "Purveyors of Illusion: Hawaiis Historic Theaters," by Lowell Angell, president, Theater Historical Society of America.
The talks are sponsored by the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Historic Hawaii Foundation and the Friends of Iolani Palace.
Admission is free.
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