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Iolani Palace

Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
364 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2900
+1 808-522-0822
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The palace was rather European- inspired, but quite small and without frills, but at the time it was built, in 1879, it was an incredibly modern building, with electricity and flush toilets. To us, this visit was very interesting. We spent quite some time here....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Martine W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really nice smaller palace to see opulence but not too much walking involved. Great place to learn about the royal family history. Our problem was parking (which may be rectified???). There were tree trimmers blocking what appeared to be 1/2 the parking and the only...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank BuffCritique
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lei Momi was our guide and she was so knowledgeable about hawaian history and Hawaiian people we learned so much and felt so much!

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This tour has to be one of our favorite tours while visiting Hawaii. We encourage visitors to sign up with the tour. The guide is so knowledgeable about the history of the people and what they had to deal with during their reign. Exploring the...More

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Date of experience: August 2019
Thank tkfreeman
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm sorry, I don't know Kamehameha and Karakaua, or Liliuokalani, but now I understand them. Also known that US goverment did such a nasty thing, wow.

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Date of experience: August 2019
Thank eiicnakajp
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I had reservtions to do the guided tour. Reservations aren't required but the tour does sometimes sell out (happened to me once) so probably a good idea. They also are limited to a few per day guided and a few per day...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank SunnysideDon
Reviewed 3 days ago

My group & I were a little late to our tour but the guide was understanding & helpful. This tour is such a great way to learn about the real Hawaii. It left us a little sad to learn more about the way the Native...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank phaynat
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to learn about the history of Hawaiian royalty. Highly recommend it to all. Beautiful palace!

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Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Wanderlust W
Reviewed 3 days ago

An excellant audio tour with lots of facts from the Hawaiian monarchy history, Lots of very interesting artifacts to see You have to wear shoe over covers to protect the palace floors, You buy your tickets from the small building in the grounds.

Date of experience: July 2019
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want to know anything about Hawaii and how things came about, then this is a must see on your stay/visit to Oahu, Hawaii. It is a history lesson about things you never knew about this fantastic state. It's not only beaches and sun....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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January 15, 2019|
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Response from Isabel O | Reviewed this property |
Yep, I totally recommend making a reservation as space is limited and they only allow so many people per time slot. Check their website for available times and dates. Also the parking is limited and street parking is... More
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October 29, 2018|
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Response from wasabiwahine | Reviewed this property |
There was a lot of parking available, I'm not sure where the handicapped stalls are because I took the bus and was dropped off right at the entrace.
September 22, 2018|
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Response from D43206 | Reviewed this property |
We prefer docent led tour most of the time, and this was no exception. Docents usually fill in with additional history and we've found are proud to share their knowledge of a site that they love. Thank you to all docents... More