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Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace

Highlights:
  • The throne room
  • The blue meeting room
  • Lili'uokalani piano
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Description:
Built in 1882, Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United State. King David Kalakaua along with his wife, Queen Kapiolani, took inspiration for its architecture when on a European tour. A popular tourist attraction and a National Historic Landmark, Iolani Palace was the residence of two monarchs, King Kalakaua and Queen Lili'uokalani. In 1893 after the monarch had been overthrown, the castle started to be used as the capitol building of the provisional government and for the State of Hawaii until 1969. In 1978, the castle underwent restoration work and opened to the public as a museum.

Originally, the construction of the palace was as a traditional Ali'i residence having only ceremonial places, no sleeping room, a throne room, a reception, and a state dining room. Other houses around the palace were used for sleeping and for retainers. Kamehameha III slept in a cool grass hut near the palace.

When David Kalakaua took the throne, the original palace was in poor condition with termite damages. He had the building razed. He commissioned the construction of a new palace as the official palace of the Hawaiian monarchy. The architectural features of the Iolani Palace are nowhere to be seen anywhere else in the world. A style known as American Florentine. It consists of a grand hall that faces a staircase made of koa wood on the first floor, ornamental plaster is used to decorate the interiors, a throne room, a blue meeting room that has a large portrait of King Louis Philip of France, a dining room, an upstairs private library, and bedrooms of the Hawaiian monarchy. The piano made of koa wood where Lili'uokalani used to play for guests can also be seen.

Iolani Palace is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Visitors can learn the history surrounding the monarchy in Hawaii and embark either on a guided tour or without guide.


 
Type:
Cultural
Historic
Museum
Landmark
Royal Palace
Activities
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Location
364 South King Street, Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 96813
Reviews
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The iolani palace is a great place to find the history of the hawaiian kingdom for
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The iolani palace is a great place to find the history of the hawaiian kingdom for me its great to learn about my country and how this became what it is today
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Great place to learn history
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Great place to learn history. Open until 4 on weekdays. Great self led audio tours!
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Nice place lessen to Royal Hawiian Band
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Nice place lessen to Royal Hawiian Band.
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As far as historical monuments go, it was below average
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As far as historical monuments go, it was below average. The employees did not seem knowledgeable and most of the palace was off limits.
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RUDE STAFF
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RUDE STAFF. Don't bother going in unless you want your day ruined. Take pics from outside and call it a day
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Waste of time
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Waste of time. If you are with an infant, they don't let you upstairs. Basement has a few photos and information that you can get from wikipedia anyway. So it was a total waste of time and lost 15$ . Also did not seem like a great historical monument. Collection of yet another 18th century king who taxed his people and collected diamonds and gold to impress his wife.
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Visited circa 2001
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Visited circa 2001. Amazing place to visit. Remined me of "Hawaii five o" old TV show... Great!
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If you go, there is a parking lot on the grounds
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If you go, there is a parking lot on the grounds. We didn't see it till after parking on the street And plugging the meter with ALL our spare change, only to discover we had to move our car by 330. Then we had to pay again on the grounds. Grr.
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Palace is located in a public park surrounded by fence
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Palace is located in a public park surrounded by fence. I enjoy visiting for the scenery and reading on the benches and gazebo. During Christmas time they decorate the building and trees with lights and paper lanterns that look great in the evening during sunset and afterwards.
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Beautiful place with a sad history
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Beautiful place with a sad history.
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I grew up driving past the Palace many times and I've taken the guided tour several
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I grew up driving past the Palace many times and I've taken the guided tour several times. I no longer live on the island but it is one of my favorite places to visit. I particularly enjoy taking the guided tour because you don't get the same guide every time and it's so enjoyable. I love hearing the stories and history over and over again.
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If you live on oahu or are just visiting, this is a must do
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If you live on oahu or are just visiting, this is a must do! Get a guided tour they are excellent. Thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers.
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An amazing place to go and experience Hawaiian culture
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An amazing place to go and experience Hawaiian culture!
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