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Iolani Palace

364 South King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
808 522 0822
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As featured in 3 days in Honolulu
Ranked #17 of 156 attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: The Iolani Palace is one of the most impressive structures in Honolulu and holds much of the state's history in its walls.  The Palace was the... more »
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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Not only is the palace itself richly decorated but it is rich in history. By world standards this is not a huge building, but it certainly is worth the time to take the self guided tour and then explore the displays in the lower level. Consider 1-2 hours in order to see everything properly. Probably not one to visit with... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Went with our 5 and 7 year olds. They loved it :) The self guided tour with headphones made it very easy and was very clear to understand. Thought it was very well kept and interesting.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The self guided tour was nice and the palace was beautiful. Would visit on a Rainy day or if in town. Otherwise, I wouldn't make a special trip.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This was an amazing visit. You will be amazed by the beautiful interior of the palace. The tour is self guided with headphones and brings you to different rooms of the palace noting their significance. Its definitely worth the time.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The building, furnishings and art are beautifully restored and meticulously maintained. Those alone are well worth a leisurely visit. But the best thing about visiting 'Iolani Palace is the shameful history you'll learn -- the story of how a socially-advanced but stone-age culture quickly evolved into a modern constitutional monarchy with diplomats to and from most of the major nations... More

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Illinois
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

When visiting Iolani, small groups are guided through lavishly appointed rooms in the only royal palace on US soil. Tickets are available online or on-site at the Iolani Barracks located within the Palace complex. To be assured admittance on your preferred date, order the tickets online, because they are limited and go quickly. Visitors are required to wear booties over... More

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Hope Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Just loved it. Magnificent building and history. The Daughters of Hawaii have worked hard to gather the original furniture and other house hold items to make the Palace authentic. A true history of modern Hawaii.

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honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

As you first enter, you will be seated in groups and given instruction to either go with a guide or if you prefer go on your own with a headset that is provided that will give you a short narrative of the various rooms in the palace. You are instructed to wear disposable booties that covers your footwear. Inside the... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Walk the rooms and hall of our Kings and Queens (Alii), No one comes to Hawaii without paying respect to our Native Culture and History, without visiting our "Buckingham Palace".

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West Sunbury, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I read about the last queen of Hawaii as a young girl, so this was high on my list for our trip. The palace is beautiful, the furnishings impressive, the audio tour very informative. We took the city bus to get here; the location is convenient. This is where Queen Lilioukalani was imprisoned for 9 months when the monarchy was... More

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