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Iolani Palace

364 South King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
808 522 0822
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Ranked #14 of 159 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We did the self guided audio tour but also spoke to the volunteer people inside the palace who gave great insight in to the history of this fascinating building. The rooms and their contents just take you back to the time of kings and queens and the time of the overthrow. We were there for several hours but it was... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I spotted Iolani Palace during a tour bus ride and knew immediately I had to visit. You can enter the palace only via a tour - with an actual guide or by audio tour (which is what we chose). There is a cost for the audio guide which enters the palace every 10 minutes so that there aren't too many... More

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Forest Hills, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went to Iolani Palace during our honeymoon. The palace tour was interesting and very well done; headsets are a huge help. It was very cool to get a glimpse of Hawaiian royal life prior to it becoming a US state. The palace itself was a unique balance of British style elegance and Hawaiian patterns and simplicity.... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Offers interesting account of the Hawaiian culture. Highlights how progressive the Hawaiians were with running water long before it was seen in Europe. Unfortunately also highlighted a less-than-shining moment in US history when the US government basically bullied its way into the islands. Well conducted audio tour that gave ample time to read displays and appreciate the exhibits.

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Greensboro, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I liked the historical significance of the Palace and the detail that was provided in the audio-tour of the people and the furnishings that occupied the Palace. It was sometimes confusing to understand the instructions on the audio and occasionally found myself somewhere other than what was being described!!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

To walk on the grounds of this magnificent palace and then be able to enter and tour it and see what a grant structure it is is amazing.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were in Honolulu during the celebration for the Queen's annual birthday and got to go on a free tour to see a small part of a larger tour which I will go and see if I go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The self guided tour was amazing - i learnt so much about the history of the Hawaiian monarchy and the tour gave you a real feel insight into the history and tradition in the place. It was great to be able to walk around at your own pace and reflect on what had happened within these walls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a def a spot not to miss when you're visiting Hawaii. We loved learning about the history of this place, and would recommend!

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Unfortunately I couldnt go inside but if the outside is anything to go by it'll be amazing. It sits in a park next to the state capitol and is a beautiful building with other sites of interest within a couple of blocks. Worth the visit even though I didnt get inside

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