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Iolani Palace, Honolulu

4.5
#2 of 112 in Museums in Hawaii
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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  • If you see this — RIDE THE CITY BUS to it. Don’t pay for a tour. Get headphones or follow one of the excellent docents. Tours are more rushed and crowded. They also don’t give time for grounds picture...  more »
  • Interesting building, and full of history. It is open Monday through Saturday. Maybe it was the time we were there, but there were very few people there. Right across the street is the King Kamehameha...  more »
  • Enjoy the self guided audio tour and be amazed at what you learn. I took the kids ages between 3-17 and they all got something out of it. Visit the gift shop afterwards and get yourself a nice souveni...  more »
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  • This is an absolutely amazing place. I can't believe it is so well preserved. Visitors be aware that you will be asked to wear cloth booties over your shoes because they are preserving the original flooring! The palace is by tour only but while waiting you can visit the downstairs museum which is amazing. I would recommend to not bring small children...they require you to use their palace strollers for 4 and younger but if they get antsy you still have to take them outside. Active military get in for free until September because it was paid for by the Blue Star Program.
  • Our experience was wonderful we had the best tour guide and name was Zita. She had been doing this for ever and knew everything there was to know about the princess and her family. She could tell you who every picture was who painted it, she knew every room by heart. Zita was very patient refurbishment to original condition is incredible everything there was about the Palace and would answer any question. She could tell you when everything was built and when it was refurbished. Be sure to take note of all the beautiful Banyan trees on the property. At the time I was in a wheelchair. And security was wonderful helping me go up to secret elevator so I could enjoy the palace.
  • Do *not* miss this treasure of Hawai’i on your ‘Oahu vacation. The workmanship is exquisite and the construction quite frankly ahead of its day, not just for Hawaii but the whole world. Not only is the restoration gorgeous and exact, but you feel the full sweep of Hawaiian history here. This was the interface of Western diplomacy in the Imperial Age and the powerful traditions of the ancient Hawaiians... a dance the Kings of Hawaii managed for over a century from first contact to the putsch that made Hawaii an American colony. They did *everything* right by the rules of the day (and were still screwed over by greed and treachery). You will not only be amazed... with luck, you will come away wiser.
  • Loved it. A great historical place to visit. Very well done self-guided tour with headphones. You can also have a real tour guide if you want to pay more.
  • Fantastic glimpse into the history of the Hawaiian royal family. Great audio tour comes with the ticket and lots of beautiful and interesting things to see. A bit pricey as museums go, but they seem to run on just donations and tickets, so no big deal.
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