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Iolani Palace
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed December 10, 2012

The tour guide was very informative on local history. Amazing to see "mod cons" like an electric light and flushing toilets. Also an impressive diamond butterfly brooch amongst other things.

Thank CanberraJenny
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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.

Thank Maryann B
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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.

Thank Judy H
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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.

Thank jeffcat
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

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

Thank james a
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