Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Friend of Hawaii Passes

Len McCann - Iolani Palace Restoration Project, 1969

Retired Curator and Museum Director, Len McCann was one member of a group of Canadians who worked on the initial Iolani Palace Restoration Project in 1969 and 1970. This restoration, which led to a book published by Friends of Iolani Palace, was considered the nonpareil of it's time.

Looking back on his life as a curator, Leonard was most honored to have had the opportunity to assist Hawaiians in bringing their Palace to its' former glory. He spoke of smashing and pulling away the plywood boards, then revealing the beautiful Koa woodwork underneath.

We are deeply saddened to let you know that Len died of pneumonia last night at Burnaby Hospital in Canada. He will be deeply missed.

A celebration of life will take place this summer.