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“Hawaiian History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace
364 South King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
808 522 0822
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Ranked #18 of 263 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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“Hawaiian History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I'm so happy that we decided to hop on a bus from Waikiki to go to the Palace. If you love history, you will enjoy this. We opted for the audio self tour, which was very informative. We visited all the rooms, including the second story. They are still in the process of finding the original furnishings that were previously sold. You will see the quilt that the Queen made when she was imprisoned. Quite nice. We also visited the basement, which was still full of the history of the Palace, and jewelry. This is not for everyone, but if you like history, it's for you.
While we were waiting for entry, we went across the street to see, and take pictures, of the statue of King Kamehameha in front of the Supreme Court Building. If you watch the new Hawaii 50, you will recognize this landmark. We also were able to listen to the Royal Hawaiian Band, that was performing on the grassy area near the front of the Palace. What a bonus.

Visited September 2012
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This was a very pleasant surprise. The Palace is beautiful. I did an audio tour which was very informative. We were permitted to view many rooms in the palace. It was well worth the trip.

Visited December 2012
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Sacramento, California
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“Take a walk through history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

If you are interested in 19th century Hawaii and its rulers, you will enjoy this trip. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and you will find a great deal that is interesting on this tour.

Visited December 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

This is a popular attraction so you may have a 30 or more minute wait before being allowed to enter.

Visited October 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Great self-guided tour of the Palace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

A must-do if you're a local... excellent! It explains all the history and lore you've heard about the Royal Hawaiian family. Self-guided tour is $14, and free (for locals) on some Sundays. It's not a big sprawling place, about 24 rooms with the basement exhibits, so you can easily see it all in a morning or afternoon visit. Limited meter parking on-site, and street parking about a block away.

Visited December 2012
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