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Iolani Palace, Honolulu
(4.3/5 based on 3,000+ reviews on the web)
The only royal palace in America, Iolani Palace saw the reign of Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last monarch, end with her overthrow in 1893. Soak up the building’s Hawaiian renaissance style, which seems fitting given that the site served as the seat of government for the independent Kingdom of Hawaii. Constructed in 1879, the building has a series of rooms restored to their formal royal glory, complete with period-accurate furnishings, fabrics, and decorations. You can explore the grounds on a docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour, but be sure to book ahead of time to ensure a spot, as tickets can sell out. Take a look at our Honolulu vacation generator to schedule your visit to Iolani Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Excellent tour learning about Hawaiian history. A must see! The care that has been put into restoring the palace is commendable. 
  • A little off the beaten path of the typical tourist, but we found the tour very interesting. Amazing and somewhat sad that a little over a hundred years ago Hawaii was a sovereign nation. Tour covered...  more »
  • Well preserved after some large investments this palace is a must see. Skip the guided tour as the headset tour was very well done and appeared to be available in several languages. 
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  • This is the most beautiful and historic building in Hawaii. If you can only visit one historical site during your visit, come here. Take the tour, which is inexpensive and run by well trained and enthusiastic volunteers.
  • We took the guided tour of Iolani Palace and for the most part enjoyed it. Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. However, the tour didn't get into much of the actual history of the Royal family, it was more about furniture and fixings in the palace. I think I would have preferred to just do the audio tour and walk around at my own pace.
  • We did the self guided audio tour. It was great and very educational. I enjoyed learning the history of the palace. It's definitely worth a visit.
  • Phyllis was our tour guide, it was a great tour, due to her. Very knowledgeable. Only complaint was having other folks who were on self-guided tours who weren't so self aware. They needed a bit more guidance on courtesy.
  • Beautiful, warm, engaging, and utterly depressing. The USA's ONLY royal palace. Shame capitalist encroachers stole it and the United States government turned a blind eye so it, too, could profit (still does). Hard not to let images of bayonets dance about in your head. Also hard not to wonder what we lost as a people due to the forced assimilation, ethnic cleansing, and modern day "enlightened" America screaming at Native Hawaiians that everybody deserves a slice of the Aina.