Mauna Ala

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Multiple Years

MASON has had the privilege of working on this uniquely special site since 2007. The burial site of more than 50 historical individuals, Mauna Ala is sacred ground upon which six historic structures are built.

MASON conducted extensive work on the Chapel (the original mausoleum completed in 1865), the Wyllie and Kamehameha Tombs, the Kalakaua Crypt, and the caretaker's house. We also provided design services for the restoration of the 1865 fence and walls along Nuuanu Avenue.


The gold leafed coat of arms adorns the gate to the chapel as well as the monument at the Kamehameha Tomb

Project Details

  • Prepared report on six historic structures and the site of the Royal Mausoleum, plus the modern Caretaker’s Cottage and the Restroom Building. Subsequent projects include:
  • Repairs to the Chapel, completed in 2009
  • Maintenance Plan was prepared in 2014 and annual inspections of the site conducted since 2015
  • Repairs to the historic ornamental ironwork and fences, completed in 2016
  • Renovations to Kalakaua Crypt, completed in 2018
  • Renovation drawings for Caretaker’s House.  Work completed in 2019
Left: Stairs to the Kalakaua Crypt; Right: Detail of gilded crosses at the Chapel
Charles Reed Bishop Monument and Wyllie Tomb

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