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Iolani Palace, Honolulu

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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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  • We took the guided tour this morning and really enjoyed seeing the palace, especially through our volunteer docent's eyes! You can take a self guided audio tour here, but splurge for the docent led to...  more »
  • Our group enjoyed the self-guided audio tour. Make reservations in advance and arrive early because parking can be crowded. They do a good job of keeping the flow of people moving so the tour never fe...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the tour...well worth the time and expense. My wife is born and raised in Hawaii and thought it was great and very enriching.  more »
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  • Great insight to Hawaiian Royal life at the turn of the century. Beautiful palace and furnishings restored from the original take-over by Americans. Informational regarding the Hawaiian culture and view of life of the royal family
  • A great place to learn about Hawaiian culture. Was sad to learn how the US aquired Hawaii. Never heard the story in any of my history classes. Beautiful Palace!
  • This review is not on the palace itself but on a very rude employee or volunteer. An older women by the name of Jennifer with brown hair. She was so rude to me that it ruined the whole experience. Instead of giving us any helpful information she made us feel like we were less than for not doing the full guided tour. It's important to at least like your job enough to be nice to the paying public. Plenty local folks would love to have this job. Also "9" on the audio tour should be changed or deleted as people on the audio tour are not allowed to enter the room until much later. This needs to be fixed and explained.
  • Great historical landmark and place to learn some of the history of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. Tours are best way to see palace for the first time. Must see for tourists & new residents of Oahu.
  • It's a great museum to learn about Hawaii's history, pre-colonial, (pre-western influence) times. I like history and going to museums so it was neat to visit the palace and visit places that the King and Queen of Hawaii would entertain their guests and live. It was very lavish and one fun fact was that this palace had indoor plumbing and electricity about 30 years before the White House did. I thought that was pretty cool.