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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 #15 of 156 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Other reviews will also give you clues about the significance and beauty of this royal palace, where the last King and the last Queen of Hawaii ruled from and entered into diplomatic relations heads of state from the most powerful countries around the world, and where the last Queen, Liliuokalani, was held prisoner for many months after a cabal of... More

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Midway, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Iolani Palace in Honolulu is the only place in the USA where you can visit the actual home of Kings and Queens. It reminds us that Hawai'i was once an independent nation, a Kingdom. My wife and I found it most interesting, especially to walk where they walked and to see where and how they lived. It is right in... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I loved the video/movie playing, which gave a lot of information about the palace. We didn't have time to go inside, as we were a bit late arriving, but everything looked well maintained. I'll definitely go back next time I'm in Honolulu.

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

One of the stops ona special tour conducted by one of the trolley lines. Really terrible how the AMericans confiscated Hawaii from the Queen back then. The tour guide told us all about it. A beautiful statue of the last Queen was erected here. The gateway is unforgettable. It is a majestic place. A must see in Honolulu. A wonderful... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Great history of the Hawaiian royals and a peek into the world before the U.S. took control. Excellent docents and gift shop too.

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

This is the only palace in the US as Hawaii is the only part of the States which had a King and Queen. The palace is beautiful and is worth a visit. You get an audio guide. We took a bus from Waikiki for the bus fare of 2.50 dollars which took us very close to the palace. There is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

What an experience. We weren't sure if we wanted to see it, but we watched a short video at the ticket area gift shop and decided to go on the audio tour. The palace was amazing! I cannot describe it. It is very sad to see that the government sold off all of the furnishings and everything after they ousted... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The volunteers are rounding up as much original furnishings as possible. New carpets being made to match as lose as possible. The tour guides are excellent. Great history told.

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Omaha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The palace was a one of a kind experience. I would love to go back. The guides take you from room to room as if the events were happening as you were there. Wonderful and the only palace in the United States.

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Temecula, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I went to visit this not knowing really what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, I would def recommend this to all visiting tourists who would like to learn something about the history of hawaii

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