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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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  • August 13, 2017
    Hawaii Beach Resort and shopping just boring! Day to return home I went by taxi from the hotel. Tickets purchased in the church building located next to the Palace, to tour some time to be developed. It was passed earphones with shoe covers to each as he of that system. I was able to know at that time and the life of King Kalakaua and his wife, Princess of Hawaii's history. I think crazy quilt was made a Princess is worth a look. As you can see in about one hour is recommended.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The palace is wonderfully restored and the audio tour helps set the stage. If you are looking to understand the late kingdom history of Hawaii royalty, this is a must go!  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Only did is he rented a car, taking pictures in front of the King Kamehameha statue. Parking is so well maintained, tour stops and lots of tourists in front of a statue of King photo shoot was so well-it is inevitable.
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  • July 6, 2017
    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
  • July 2, 2017
    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!
  • April 1, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • June 6, 2017
    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.

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