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Address: 364 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2900
Phone Number:
+1 808-522-0822
Today
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii's monarchy, is a marvel of...

Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii's monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls. Today, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations in all of Polynesia and immerse yourself in Hawaii's royal heritage. E komo mai! Welcome!

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Gives you a good idea of the history of Hawaii and the leaders prior to it becoming a state. The palace is beautiful and has been restored. I would highly recommend this for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gives you a good idea of the history of Hawaii and the leaders prior to it becoming a state. The palace is beautiful and has been restored. I would highly recommend this for anyone visiting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Make a reservation. We got there just after midday and had to wait nearly 3 hours to get into the palace. We did use the time to visit the basement (which you can do as a stand alone visit for $5) and then went over to the capital and the court rooms opposite (which is free and I think really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Iolani Palace is situated quite near downtown Honolulu and can be reached by bus from Waikiki easily. As it was a nice day I walked from Waikiki - it took about 30 mins. The Palace trip takes about 30-45 mins and can be undertaken either with a self-controlled audio guide or with an actual guide. I chose the former... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to Iolani palace with my friend but she didn't want to walk inside the palace so we spent time outside only.

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Incheon, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took a guided tour of the palace and reserved our time slot on-line, which made things quick and easy. Our tour guide (Uncle Reggie?) had been raised in Hawai'i from its time as a U.S. territory, and served under the Attorney General as the territory made the transition to become the 50th state. He told the story of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful pictures and story of Iolani Palace and history of the Queen and King of Hawaii.Very nice gift shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just royal!!! Truly enjoyed the visit to this Castle. Its history of the Royal Family, "living" their lives by going into their home by listening to the docent's explanations. The sadness of the end of their reign. a must to stop and visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a group of 12 people who enjoyed the tour through the Palace. It may take about 45 minutes but worth the audio tour that we each chose.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour itself is very nice. We used the self guided audio devices but also listened to a docent conducting a tour. The website directions say to park at a certain garage for $5. Driving in traffic we didn't see it or missed it. We pulled into a lot on Bishop Street. I thought it said $5. When we left... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must for every Hawaii visitor. Gives a perspective on how the indigenous Hawaiian people are overtaken. Try to get your own guide to speed up the presentation of less interesting stuff. Take good time and don't forget the basement!

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