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Iolani Palace, Honolulu

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Historic Site · History Museum
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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. Our Honolulu trip builder tool makes visiting Iolani Palace and other Honolulu attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A very good experience to see and feel the history of the royal family; where they gather and entertained and what they were doing and going through during the years before and after the monarchy was....  more
    A very good experience to see and feel the history of the royal family; where they gather and entertained and what they were doing and going through during the years before and after the monarchy was....  more »
  • Loved the self guided tour of the Palace. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the Hawaiian people. Definitely worth the time. 
    Loved the self guided tour of the Palace. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the Hawaiian people. Definitely worth the time.  more »
  • This palace is beautiful, and a truly wonderful way to learn about Hawaii’s history with the United States. I did the audio tour and found it very informative and powerful to tour the room where... 
    This palace is beautiful, and a truly wonderful way to learn about Hawaii’s history with the United States. I did the audio tour and found it very informative and powerful to tour the room where...  more »
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  • I wish I had seen the basement first and then the upstairs tour. Besides interesting depth of history there's a restroom downstairs. Parking is available and costs $2 an hour. They kicked us out to lock up promptly at 4:55 pm. I like that the tour is self-guided so that everyone in our group was able to hear the commentary and snap photos at their own pace. Photos are allowed, videos aren't. Freemason global elite ties and the history of Hawaii getting involved with that internationally are proudly displayed in ways I've never seen before. I took lots of photos! Beautiful architecture. You have to wear disposable shoe covers, I imagine some people might have trouble walking safely in them and may want to plan ahead with certain shoes underneath or an escort or walker for support. There is an elevator or stairs. The only thing you're allowed to touch in the whole palace is the wooden railway on the staircase!
  • This is an awesome place to visit. Very impressive palace. It’s bigger than some I’ve seen in Europe. The audio tour is great. Plan for over two hours if you want to see the whole place. Although it’s an old building it is handicap accessible.
  • Great place to experience a bit of history. The place is very well kept, and I was happy to see how dedicated the staff is in making sure people are respectful of the place as it is considered sacred in the Hawaiian tradition. I just wished they made it a little more clear on how things work when you first get there. They have a small parking lot the driveway to get to it is found past the the front gate. When you get there you pay for parking at the machine, then head over to the smaller building that looks like a small castle to check in, then you go to the back of the building to start your tour, each group is fairly small and you have plenty of time to look around. No flash photography is allowed inside.
  • Our visit to the Iolani Palace Museum was wonderful. We went with a visually impaired individual, who also had a great time. Upon entering you are greeted by workers who help you navigate the hearing devices that will be used inside to help you navigate the palace. All of the hearing devices worked perfectly and there are aides inside to help guide you and answer any questions. The wonderful staff who allowed our visually impaired friend to feel certain objects as they gave detailed verbal descriptions and information. The history and knowledge that we received was incredible. This isn’t our first time and it won’t be our last.
  • The Palace was very interesting. They have a 15 minute video giving a brief history of the King and Queens and the Palace. Very informative. The Palace has been restored exceptionally well. A great way to a couple hours in downtown. Recommended.

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