Beautiful palace and interesting history. I didn't like the fact that you could not have an option of taking the audio tour or touring without audio.
Another must see if you have the time away from the Beach. Very historical and beautiful in the middle of the city. Next to the Library and the Piers, but that is walking distance of 10-15 minutes.
I had never heard of Iolani Palace before this trip. It was a beautiful place with lots of interesting history, including that it had electric lights before the White House did. Some of the history is quite sad, but I was glad to have the information. The audio tour is very complete and good, without being too long. Highly recommended.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. The film presentation at the beginning gave a great overview of the history to the royal family and the palace, The self guided tour of the palace was a great way to view the palace.
We were lucky enough to get here early and paid for a guided tour. As we were so early, we were the only ones and our tour guide, Kathy, gave us our own private tour. She was so informative! Such a beautiful place and some amazing work has gone into its restoration. Well worth the visit!
We came here on the recommendation of some locals because the weather forecast was for rain. We took the bus after visiting Diamond Head. We took the audio tour, which was outstanding. We were woefully unaware of the history of the islands, including the fact that the US overthrew the royal government and took the land over the objection of... More
There is nothing to dislike about the Palace. The only issue is the traffic in the area, avoid rush hours. The bus system in Hawai'i is excellent and I recommend it for visiting this, and any other downtown venues. The Palace is always in the process of restoration as all of the furnishings were sold at auction after the monarchy... More
This is not a fab tour, but it is a solid historical tour. The US does not have many royal palaces and this is not like Buckingham Palace but does have a nice historical information, and is worth a visit. On our visit the elevators failed, and we had to wait 15 minutes (when there were perfectly good stairs that... More
Whether you take a guided tour or self-guided audio tour, the Iolani Palace is steeped in history and well worth visiting. The palace itself is stunning - the furnishings in the rooms are simply beautiful and show what a rich history the Hawaiian monarchy has. There are many gifts given to the kings and queens from the rulers of countries... More
It is fascinating insight to the split between Hawaii Royalty to Hawaii stolen by America. The palace was the first to have electric lights and was where the Queesn was house arrested for being Royalty.
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