Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls. Today, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations in all of Polynesia and immerse yourself in Hawaii’s royal heritage. E komo mai! Welcome!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Joni H
    Kapolei, Hawaii2 contributions
    our visit to Iolani Palace
    i love that each time i go there is more to see. i always appreciate the items the palace has been able to collect, and the families that donate. the quilt was an amazing thing to see, and quite emotional. love the history provided. the docents are kind and commented thoughtfully.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 February 2023
  • LouAnn H
    3 contributions
    Learned Some Interesting History of the Island
    My friend and I really enjoyed our visit to the Iolani Palace. It was a rainy day, so it was good to have something fun to do indoors. This tour is a great way to learn a lot of history of the island. You go at your own pace, which is also nice.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 24 February 2023
  • Pamela V
    Scottsdale, Arizona479 contributions
    Beautiful palace with a story to tell
    The palace has been beautifully restored. The audio guide is excellent. We appreciated knowing more about the history of the kings and the building itself. The area has several sites to see but I would rate this #1 if you are interested in architecture, furniture and history. Best to reserve a time slot online.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 February 2023
  • annepopovich58
    Dundas, Canada1 contribution
    Don't miss a visit to the Iolani Palace
    This palace is a must for those interested in Hawaiian history. The audio tour is very good but what makes the visit come alive is the additional information provided by the guides stationed at key locations throughout the building. They add that personal touch and insight to the experience.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 February 2023
  • sdustin1218
    Buffalo, New York1 contribution
    Beautiful views super friendly staff
    Displays were very nice. The self guided audio tour was what I expected with a little more information provided. Navigation was very easy. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Initial check in location could have been marked a little better along with the parking lot. Otherwise great trip and ADA friendly.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Randy M
    Acme, Pennsylvania161 contributions
    Impressive
    A fascinating look at the lives of Hawaii's royal family prior U.S. annexation. Well-maintained, with lots of well-informed staff available to answer questions. You need to schedule the tour, but it was easy to do online, or even as a walkup. We chose to go here at he spur of the moment on a rainy day, and were able to join a tour within 30 minutes of our arrival. Plan on spending around two hours, and it will be time well spent.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • aprilrichmk
    1 contribution
    Iolani Palace is a treasure
    My husband and I loved learning about Iolani Palace and the royalty that graced its halls. The audio tour was both informative and succinct. I especially loved learning that the furnishings and art are original to the palace and more items are being reclaimed on a regular basis. A fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking history is told--one that needs to be shared with the world.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • 863marciac
    Chesapeake, Virginia20 contributions
    Enriching experience
    The docent led tour was a wonderful learning experience! We learned so much about the local history and the Hawaiian royal family. It enriched our appreciation for local traditions and sites. I highly recommend this tour for adults and older teens. This really isn't appropriate for little ones.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Travelgrandmom
    North Wales, Pennsylvania64 contributions
    Royal Palace audio self guided tour
    This was my first trip to the palace even though I have been to Honolulu two previous times. It is well worth a visit. It takes about an hour and a half. There is an orientation film available for viewing before the tour. The tour is self guided with an audio device which describes each room. The woodwork inside the main hallway and the grand staircase is magnificent. The furniture pieces are reproductions based on photos.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Gen D
    Sydney, Australia4 contributions
    A must do in Honolulu
    Such a beautiful place! The staff were so respectful and you could see that they care deeply about the palace. A definite must do while in Honolulu as it helps understand the past of Hawaii and explains a lot of the street names you can see in the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2023
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Janice D
10 contributions
Feb 2024
Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The palace was lovely with most of the furnishings intact.I learned so much history of the Hawaiian people and especially their monarchy. The monarchy’s fall to American business interests was a travesty of greed and selfishness. The exhibits in the basement featuring the leper colony and the last two queens’ efforts to provide humane treatment was a sharp contrast to the greed and racism of the white business community. I highly recommend this attraction.
Written 20 February 2024
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PichetdeRouge
Vancouver, Canada7 contributions
Feb 2024
If you’re interested in learning a little about the history of Hawaii, a tour of the beautiful Iolani Palace is a must. There is so much more to Hawaii than sea, sand and surf and a docent led tour brings to life the very rich, colourful and tragic history of the islands and Hawaiian royalty. Highly recommend!
Written 20 February 2024
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Jeff A
Maumelle, AR59 contributions
Feb 2024
Very interesting to learn about the royalty of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Definitely worth a trip to see this only royal palace in the United States.
Written 19 February 2024
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Jessica S
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
The palace is beautiful, and the information is incredible. We enjoyed learning so much about the deep history of the Hawaiian monarchy. The staff were friendly and helpful. The audio tour was very interesting and easy to use. I would count this as a must-see on a visit to O'ahu.
Written 19 February 2024
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Sarah F
Potsdam, NY38 contributions
Feb 2024
Very interesting tour of Hawaiian royalty. There were five King Kamehameha. The last monarch was Queen Liliuokalani before Hawaii became our 50th state
Written 18 February 2024
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Tour745058
1 contribution
Feb 2024
Not to be missed! The interior and the grounds are beautiful. The palace is filled with historic artifacts. The staff is very knowledgeable. The tour is very interesting. The giftshop has many items including T-shirts, jewelry and a large selection of history books.
Written 18 February 2024
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Ann W
San Francisco, CA38 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a wonderful place to visit. A beautiful structure and a great docent led tour that provided a good bit of history.
Written 17 February 2024
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denesetracy6071
1 contribution
Feb 2024
The staff was wonderful and accommodating when we missed our tour appointment. The Palace was AMAZING!
Written 16 February 2024
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aganospikake
Kahului, HI1 contribution
Feb 2024
This attraction is a sure must especially if this is your heritage...I turned 64 today from Maui and was so happy that I got to tour the palace 2 days ago..I learned about the history in school, but to actually be in there and learn detailed history was so awesome! Our tour guide,( Nohea) was amazing...It felt like talking story with your Uncle so very comfortable and informative...It makes you be able to feel and almost imagine being there in that time...Anyway, my husband and I loved it...I will make sure that my grandkids come and experience this palace especially since it's our heritage...Please forgive me if I got your name wrong Uncle.. Mahalo,Pikake& Steve Aganos😘💖🌸
Written 16 February 2024
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Theoreticism
Brooklyn, NY1 contribution
Feb 2024
Our tour guide was amazing, and the whole experience was enjoyable from beginning to end. Would highly recommend.
Written 16 February 2024
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