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Iolani Palace

Address: 364 South King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
Phone Number: 808 522 0822
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Ranked #23 of 448 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Specialty museums, History museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The home of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani in the 19th century...
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Type: Historic sites, Specialty museums, History museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The home of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani in the 19th century, this palace is open on a limited basis to the public. Reservations recommended.
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Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Tourism creates a version of Hawaii that isn’t real. If you want a deeper experience of the islands, you’ll find that Hawaii’s history and culture is interesting and complex. A visit to Iolani Palace is a great way to learn about it. Take the self-led audio tour. You will be asked to wear shoe coverings to protect the polished wood... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

You can stop and start the audio tour, and walk at your preferred pace. Very interesting and beautiful place. It took 20 years to restore it, room by room. My husband and I both loved it, and learned so much about Hawaiian history.

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Poulsbo, Washington, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful and lots of Hawaiian history. Pressed pennies. Gift shop. Walking distance to Chinatown.

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Pros: Staff; great audio guide that was informative and scalable to your visit length; quality and cleanliness of the interior; historical significance of the site. Cons: Lack of "live" tour guide (in my case, even though they are offered and reservable); outdoor grounds a little neglected with some vagrants and pungent odors near the beautiful trees (use your imagination.) Be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We visited The palace on a rainy day. It was busy. Well organized. Only the self guided tours were available. This was a good thing as you could move at your own pace with the option to push the button for additional information. There are displays on the lower level. Also the Hawaii Royal Band gives a short concert outdoors.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The Palace itself was closed to visitors on the Sunday in February that we stopped by. The grounds were virtually empty, making for a pleasant stroll, but they somehow felt lacking. For such a lush environment as Hawaii, the grounds are quite spare and appeared devoid of ornamental gardens. Perhaps some of the trees flower at other times of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This Palace is such a interesting place, do the audio tour as it tells you a lot about the Palace. Don't forget to go down to the basement and see the wonderful jewels.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This was a very interesting self-guided tour with lots of picture taking opportunities. Unfortunately, a lot of the palace's interior furnishings were sold off a long time ago and they've not been able to be found or replaced, but it's very pretty anyway, though somewhat sparse. The grounds are pretty and we were lucky enough to be there while the... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful and educational experience for the whole family; even our 9 year old was impressed. This was definitely an interesting piece of history that I hate to admit I knew nothing about. We did the audio tour because we wanted to go at our own pace and it was perfect. The historical society has done an amazing job... More 

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Franklin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

US citizens in 1893 overthrew of the Kingdom of Hawaii. This was the official residence of the Hawaiian monarch. The Banyon trees were huge!

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