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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. 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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  • This little palace is stunning and well worth a visit. You can take an audio tour around each of the rooms and learn all about the Hawaiian monarchy in the years that it existed and the impact that it...  more »
  • One of this had not been visited while many times going to Oahu. This time we visited for the first time. Easier to understand than I thought in history, will be discussed. Japan guided tour, booked through the hotel's concierge to say despite the closed contact on the day. Now the description on headphones. I think this is very poor response. During their Palace tells us of that time well. Compared to France's Versailles and glittering and what is there is a world of difference, as had been very nicely decorated. I think that the great historical sites, part of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
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  • King Kamehameha statue in downtown S.King St.... iolanipalace across the front. Ticket Centre is a building in the West of the Palace. QR code for "Go Oahu Card at a ticket Center only I had prior to reserve a tour to Japan this time, we use a"Go Oahu Card'. Paste in a prominent place, the seals to GO! Even before the time for Japan to tour you can visit the Palace on the first floor. Volunteer it by wear handmade shoes cover to Japan Japanese tour prior to, without polluting the site. The hotel is free shooting. Excellent history as a place of life in the Royal family and the dynasty extinguished. Friday afternoon, enjoyed a band playing in the garden. The Bus number 2 or number 13 is just 30 minutes from Central Waikiki. Share cycles Biki began in the summer of 2017, and is about 25 minutes. Biki station is behind the statue of Kamehameha the great.
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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.

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