Iolani Palace
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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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
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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!
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Honolulu
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bradb0317
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Nov 2022
Highly recommended to anyone visiting the island. Encourage everyone to go, especially the kids so that they can learn about the customs and history. It will help everyone gain much needed respect for this special place in the world.
Written 28 November 2022
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flo298
Seattle, WA1 contribution
Nov 2022
I first read about Iolani Palace many years ago in the book Emma. Any person interested in Hawaiian history would find this place a poignant yet fascinating hallmark.
Written 28 November 2022
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Lani K
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
A must see for history buffs. We had a wheelchair user with us and it was fully accessible. Great tour!
Written 27 November 2022
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Kim L
Kansas City, MO14 contributions
Nov 2022
I enjoyed learning about the only monarchy in the US. The palace and artifacts are beautiful. Learning the Hawaiian history was a great experience.
Written 27 November 2022
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Adelfa D
1 contribution
Nov 2022
Wonderful place to visit. You wear booties over your shoes so it could feel a bit slippery on the wood floors. Our docent was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. He was very considerate of everyone in the group. The only drawback is that finding a parking spot can be challenging downtown. Allow extra time for that or you could miss your reservation time like we did. Luckily there was room in the next group.
Written 26 November 2022
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drlanewesson
Charlotte, NC1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
The Docent Led tour was amazing! Iris was a wonderfully knowledgeable tour guide and did an amazing job including my son. The palace is beautifully preserved.
Written 26 November 2022
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Nick J
3 contributions
Nov 2022
Our docent-led tour with Dan was great. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the topic. We learned a lot about the history of Hawai'i and enjoyed the beautiful palace. Definitely don't skip this one.
Written 25 November 2022
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paulfmarshall
Houston, TX1 contribution
Nov 2022
Fascinating tour of the palace with an excellent docent. To see the progression of history through the eyes of the kings and their story was illuminating. This is well worth the time!
Written 24 November 2022
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simpfriedrice
Lahaina, HI1 contribution
Nov 2022
The staff do an amazing job to ensure gusts are respectful and are quick to correct or assist where needed. Iolani palace is an important part of history that highlights the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, not a place for entitled visitors demanding "aloha". Come with time to figure out parking or if you have questions about your reservation.
Written 22 November 2022
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AnOnymous1ne
Honolulu, HI1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
While the docent was knowledgeable of the history of Iolani Palace, I was very disappointed that they were unable to properly pronounce any of the Hawaiian words, including the names of the royalty that were connected to the palace. The docent was clearly not from Hawaii. Likewise the gift shop workers were very helpful and pleasant but were clearly also not from Hawaii. I was very saddened to see that the only locals working at the palace were handing out the booties and silently standing to open and close the doors during the tour.
Written 21 November 2022
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