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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 #14 of 155 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The Palace is at the opposite side of the road where the King Kamehameha statue is located, which is also a must to visit and take a photo. We didn't enter the Palace, but you should.

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Fort Riley, Kansas
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23 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

and they RECYCLE these covers! Why not just put rug runners down on the floor where they want you to walk? I felt the dust covers on hard wood floors were slip hazard. The palace has an interesting history. The attitude of the docents/management spoiled the visit for me.

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Malibu, California
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228 reviews 228 reviews
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Really excellent and tour can be done quickly. Booties to save the floor. Free head phones for self-guided tours. Bet part was Queens letter as USA occupied her country and overthrow of the government. Get off the beach and go.

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Parker, Colorado
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We wanted to see the palace, but didn't actually go in, as $15/person was too expensive for our family of 5. The gift shop was nice & we enjoyed the pressed penny machines. At least we got cheap parking on the street & the grounds have some really impressive huge Banyon trees to take photographs in from of.

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Laval, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

After having visited many royal palaces in Europe and other places, the Iolani Palace is definitely not as grandiose as other palaces. However, what makes up for this is the interesting Hawaiian history as it is presented on the audio guides. Slightly more expensive than what I'd have wanted to pay, especially in regards to the size of the palace... More

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La Condamine, Monaco
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

If it is open you should visit and experience the palace. The decor and wood designs are priceless. I would have loved to see the monarchy living there today.

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Brantford, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We loved Iolani palace. It provided a dose of Hawaiian royal history and culture, and told the story of the last two monarchs of the kingdom of Hawaii, before it became an American territory. It was beautiful and we loved seeing all the beautiful artwork, furniture and heirlooms. We especially liked the royal jewels that are on display in the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I lived in Hawaii for much of my life, but never went to Iolani Palace. Don't know why it wasn't a field trip when I was young. I highly recommend this as a great stop early in your vacation to Hawaii. I always feel that people who visit Hawaii don't have any kind of understanding about Hawaiian history and this... More

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Incline Village, Nevada
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A visit to the palace is a nice change from the tourism of Waikiki and it is nice to learn a little about the Hawaiian Monarchy. The building has been totally restored and most rooms have been staged with original or similar furnishings. We are glad we splurged and made reservations for the guided tour. Tithe guides are very knowledgeable... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I recommend the guided tour, the guides offer a great narrative on the King and Queen. They tell the story of the queens imprisionment in the palace and the fall of the monarchy. The palace is beautiful and great architecture. If you appreciate Hawaiian history this is a great place to visit. It is about a 25 minute bus ride... More

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