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Ali'iolani Hale

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Address: 417 King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Phone Number: 808-539-4999
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Originally intended as a royal residence, the historic Aliiolani Hale was...

Originally intended as a royal residence, the historic Aliiolani Hale was reconfigured to house government offices when Iolani Palace was constructed. Today, it’s still the home of Hawaii’s Supreme Court.

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Top photogenic spot !

Great place for those classic photos , the king is very regal, truly dignified, the backdrop so impressive,

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2016
Newcastle, Australia
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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I loved this place. The tour guide was full of interesting detail into the lives and motivations of the royal family. The palace was restored beautifully, uncovering hidden niches, beautiful carving, stained glass lights and the most modern of amenities of the day. The monarchs sought to have a democratic monarchy patterned after Great Britain. You will not be sorry... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Great place for those classic photos , the king is very regal, truly dignified, the backdrop so impressive,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

The architecture by here is really beautiful. The statue has some great history, and across the street is the palace. If you are going to go down in this area, I would recommend checking out both areas for some Hawaiian history.

Thank Love4Travel616
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

So you get a kick out of watching Hawaii Five-O and you used to watch the original series?? Well, you will get a kick out of seeing the statue that is in the opening credits of Hawaii Five-O. It will be worth a picture or two. Parking can be a little bit tough. And the signs say to stay off... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

It is rare that a state's highest court is also a repository of the state's culture and history, not only are cases ranging from land-use to civil rights argued here, but Hawai'i's greatest king is also memorialized in bronze!

Thank Kash K
Milford, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

To be honest the only reason we stopped is because the family are big Hawaii 5-0 fans so how could we not get a picture in front of it! Parking is very limited but we did find a spot in the lot to the left of the building.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

Visiting the royal palace provided some insight into the opulent lifestyle of the last Hawaiian dynasty. Unfortunately I suspect that the docent gave a somewhat slanted view of the royal family painting them more as victims of white imperialism while playing down their obvious excesses at the probable expense of the islanders.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

5-O headquarters only on TV! Ali'iōlani Hale was started in 1872 and completed two years later. Designed by Thomas Rowe, the building was originally going to be a palace and serve as the King's residence. But, this was changed and the building housed the Kingdom treasury, Supreme Court, and other government offices. Today, it continues to be the Hawai'i State... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We were able to visit on Christmas Day. No traffic, parking up front, perfect! Although the facility was closed, we were able to walk around the building and check the landscape out. The old growth trees are amazing! So glad we made the stop!

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Crestwood, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Of course everyone recognizes this from Hawaii Five-o television show. The building itself is interesting with some unusual architecture.

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