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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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  • The lady that guided us did a fantastic job in explaining all the background and details. Definitely recommend it! 
    The lady that guided us did a fantastic job in explaining all the background and details. Definitely recommend it!  more »
  • Our guide had lived in Honolulu most of her life. She was very knowledgeable about the political history of generations of Hawaiian royalty. The palace is meticulously maintained. One of the last... 
    Our guide had lived in Honolulu most of her life. She was very knowledgeable about the political history of generations of Hawaiian royalty. The palace is meticulously maintained. One of the last...  more »
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  • We did the self-guided tour which was fine. Bring your wired ear buds if you don't want to have the listening unit against your head for an hour. Definitely worth the price - especially if you like history. Very humbling and disturbing how Hawaii became part of the US. This was definitely not covered in my high school and college US history courses (as it should have been IMO). Tour was $25 per adult and took about one hour. The team that did the restoration did an amazing job.
  • This was a great guided tour into the palace. We got to not only see artifacts from the time of Hawaii's monarchy, but we also had a great narration of its historical events. We absolutely loved seeing each and every room in the palace as the guide explained specific details. There was ample parking right outside, (take coins for the metered parking).

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