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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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Langley BC Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Very nice palace in the middle of Honolulu. What we enjoyed was the fact that the trolley bus (great passes for $38 for two days that take you everywhere!) goes right past it so that you can get off, walk around the grounds, and then get right back on the next trolley as it goes by. Nice place.

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SCOTLAND
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building outside but slightly disappointed by the interior, we took the audio tour so we could go round at our own pace, very English inside and really limited to were you could go, wouldn't waste the money on the tour just look at the exterior, also there were a lot of homeless people camping out in the palace grounds... More

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Weilerbach, Germany
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Will start off with the parking issue .... it is hard to find parking in the area. We ended up in a parking garage several blocks (or more) away that wasn't cheap by any means. But we decided the cost was worth it. We got to the palace late morning and signed up for an audio tour. Had considered doing... More

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Florida
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Visit today.....Good luck on finding parking. We were able to get a park by the meter after we circle like 4 times. A nice place for photo ops but we were highly disappointed because the wheelchair lift was temporarily unavailable and we needed that for our daughter. There is a fee if you take the tour.

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Uncasville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I took a free tour of the palace. Unfortunately during the tour I went on I could not see the very top floor. But it was still very nice to see the rooms. I was looking forward to seeing some ghosts but I did not see any. You do get a sort of erie feeling though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It seemed strange to see a place like this in the US. I got some nice photos of some of the beautiful decor. If you are in downtown Honolulu or you have a love of old world furniture this place is definitely worth seeing.

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Ipswich, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We visited Iolani Palace mainly because we are fans of Hawaii 50. The cost to go on a tour blew us away and so we missed it. The grounds are good to walk around but as for the tour I would leave it up to people to decide based on cost expectation.

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This was on pour list but we couldn't find parking. And since this downtown Honolulu, you couldn't pull over to ask so we decided to skip it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The palace is a great place to see a historic past of Hawaii. You get to walk around the outside freely and take as many pictures as you wish. Tours are available with guides or self-paced audio tours. Make site to get there before 11 on weekdays if you want an actual tour guide. Parking is all metered, so bring... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

if this is your first time in hawaii, i highly recommend this to learn more about their culture and history. it only takes about an hour to finish the audio tour - and i really took my sweet time. this tour made me love hawaii a little bit more...

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