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Iolani Palace, Honolulu

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History Museum · Historic Site
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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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  • Our visit to the Iolani Palace Museum was wonderful. We went with a visually impaired individual, who also had a great time. Upon entering you are greeted by workers who help you navigate the hearing devices that will be used inside to help you navigate the palace. All of the hearing devices worked perfectly and there are aides inside to help guide you and answer any questions. The wonderful staff who allowed our visually impaired friend to feel certain objects as they gave detailed verbal descriptions and information. The history and knowledge that we received was incredible. This isn’t our first time and it won’t be our last.
  • Definitely worth going. Allow yourself a good solid hour or more to be able to really absorb everything. The palace is beautifully restored and the information is fantastic!! Make sure you adhere to the rules of respectful viewing. The artifacts are priceless and full of cultural significance, therefore, very well cherished.

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