HONOLULU - Iolani Palace has named Teresa Valencia as its new curator following both a local and national search. In this role she will oversee restoration efforts of the Palace, manage its royal collections, develop new exhibits, and conduct historical research of the Palace’s artifacts.
 
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Teresa join us as our new curator,” said Iolani Palace Executive Director Kippen de Alba Chu. “She brings a depth of experience and knowledge in the museum industry, and, most importantly, has engaged Native American communities in interpretation and collections care.  This added sensitivity to indigenous concerns, along with her humbleness and willingness to learn from the Native Hawaiian community, makes her the ideal candidate to take on this challenging position.  Indeed, Teresa represents a new generation of museum professionals who value cultural competency as much as academic and institutional experience."
 
Prior to joining Iolani Palace, Valencia held various education, research and outreach positions at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the California State Indian Museum. She was also an intern at Iolani Palace during the summer of 2015. Valencia received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Criminology from The Ohio State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Master of Business Administration at John F. Kennedy University.
 
Valencia and her husband Joseph, grandson of Lex and Evelyn Brodie, were married at his family home on Kauai in October 2015. The couple resides in Honolulu.