Iolani Palace announced Tuesday that it has partnered with LNG3D Hawaii to create the first 3D model of a Hawaii historic site that allows online visitors to virtually tour the iconic royal residence.
The online tour allows visitors to roam through the building beyond the stanchions, climb the majestic koa staircase, and see remarkable artifacts on display using their computers or mobile devices.
The 3D virtual tour of Iolani Palace is available online. It also uses drone aerial video and imagery of the palace exterior and grounds, as well as interior architectural photos.
Over 200 scan locations were conducted to 3D map the palace’s interior. The resulting three-dimensional tour allows visitors to “walk through” the Palace from anywhere in the world.
Kippen de Alba Chu, executive director of The Friends of Iolani Palace, said “The virtual tour is not a replacement for experiencing the palace in person, rather it gives guests an opportunity to re-live a past visit, view artifacts in more detail, or take a glimpse into what they can expect on an upcoming trip to the palace.”
LNG3D Hawaii, a subsidiary of Canada’s LNG Studios, created the 3D tour and doll house model using Matterport 3D scanning technology. Using proprietary software, the 3D scan creates an immersive experience for the interior space by gaining access to areas not typically allowed to the public.
The project was made possible through a $30,000 grant from the Robert Emens Black Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation.