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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 155 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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 NEW

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 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A gorgeous grand building, but not a lot to see. It's worth stopping by for a quick photo if you're passing the area, but I honestly wouldn't make a special trip to see it.

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El Cajon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit, not only for the beauty of the Palace but for the historical aspects as well. I did the audio tour and you can go at your own pace. You follow along with a map they give you. The palace itself is beautifully decorated and you can take pictures of everything. It's great to... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We went on the tour of the palace wearing headsets that described everything we were seeing. It is a beautiful place and really well kept. The commentary helped us to learn more about the history of Hawaii. We were able to stroll around the palace and gardens at our leisure and just enjoy the place. It is a very good... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We homeschool, so I was looking for "educational" things to do during our recent trip to Hawaii. I'm so glad we took time to go here. My 8 and 11 year old kids loved it and actually paid attention to everything (probably because they loved the audio guide machine they got to carry around). We did the audio self guided... More

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