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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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  • Loved learning about the royality in Hawaii. Our tour guide was fantastic! The palace is absolutely beautiful. Loved seeing all the rooms & the jewelry. 
    Loved learning about the royality in Hawaii. Our tour guide was fantastic! The palace is absolutely beautiful. Loved seeing all the rooms & the jewelry.  more »
  • Sadly, we were unable to visit inside the Palace because there were no time slots available. They do not save any spots for walk ups. We were able to visit the basement which gave a small glimpse... 
    Sadly, we were unable to visit inside the Palace because there were no time slots available. They do not save any spots for walk ups. We were able to visit the basement which gave a small glimpse...  more »
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  • I wish I had seen the basement first and then the upstairs tour. Besides interesting depth of history there's a restroom downstairs. Parking is available and costs $2 an hour. They kicked us out to lock up promptly at 4:55 pm. I like that the tour is self-guided so that everyone in our group was able to hear the commentary and snap photos at their own pace. Photos are allowed, videos aren't. Freemason global elite ties and the history of Hawaii getting involved with that internationally are proudly displayed in ways I've never seen before. I took lots of photos! Beautiful architecture. You have to wear disposable shoe covers, I imagine some people might have trouble walking safely in them and may want to plan ahead with certain shoes underneath or an escort or walker for support. There is an elevator or stairs. The only thing you're allowed to touch in the whole palace is the wooden railway on the staircase!
  • This is an awesome place to visit. Very impressive palace. It’s bigger than some I’ve seen in Europe. The audio tour is great. Plan for over two hours if you want to see the whole place. Although it’s an old building it is handicap accessible.

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