Iolani Palace, Honolulu
Categories: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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The Palace is beautifully resorted. Our Docent Joan was full of knowledge and facts. The Palace is full of artifacts and Hawaiian culture. Highly recommend the tour..
We started with a very informative guided tour of the palace (our guide was amazing!)... and we finished with a marriage proposal on the front steps!! :)
We were going to do the self guided tour in the morning, but were informed that in the morning only guided tours are available. We learned a lot on our guided tour and it turns out we were glad that w... read more »
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.
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.
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.
I had no interest in the Hawaiian history, however I love architecture and interior design. I decided to give it a shot. The audio tours were every 10 minute so i didn't wait long for the next one to start. The audio tour was like a little story time. Everything was very organised and I never got lost. The interior, just stunning. Very well preserved. I especially liked the music room and the throne room. Overall, I learnt a lot about the Hawaiian monarchy and its downfall. I don't know if I would visit again though. I think once is enough :)
Very beautiful to see! Didn't go inside for the tour, but if I remember correctly, it wasn't too expensive. Park around the Palace is very calming and serene.
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