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“Marvelous Hawaiian History”
Review of Iolani Palace

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 February 12, 2013

Highly suggested if you want to have a better understanding of the Hawaiian royalty prior to its becoming under the government of the USA. We had trouble finding a parking place (be sure to bring lots of quarters) with our car rental, but it was worth the hassle. More furnishings are needed, but what is available is fascinating, especially the furniture and even moreso the jewelry of the royals. Be sure to use the recorders to understand what you're seeing.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

The audio tour is the best way to experience this part of Hawaii's sometimes sad history. Once you have visited the Iolani Palace (which had electric light before the White House in Washington) and listened to the explanations, you will have a better understanding of what really happened when the islands were taken over by Westerners, who had business in mind rather than the welfare of Hawaii.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

We ended up going to the Iolani Palace just before heading to the airport for our evening flight. We had an hour and a 1/2 and that was perfect for parking, buying our tickets, waiting for the audio tour instructions and walking through the palace. The audio tour was 45 minutes long and you could stop and start it if you wanted to look at something for awhile. I loved seeing the furnishings, architecture and hearing about how the last ruling family lived.

Thank bcball
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

I took the tour of the Lolani Palace. It was a most enjoyable time looking and learning. They have done a very nice job of restoring it and the place is well suited for tour groups. I was lucky to have a small group. Too bad many of the pieces of furniture have been lost over time but it certainly was well cared for and lovingly restored. Fabulous woodwork on the walls and doors. Amazing staircase as a centre piece of the main floor. The new replica carpets were amazing.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

To understand the history of the Hawaiian islands, a visit to the Iolani Palace is a great starting point. Each Friday (around noon), the Royal Hawaiian Band plays at the palace and was quite enjoyable. It was awesome touring the structure and learning the story of the royal family! Can easily take "The bus" to and from. Well worth the time!

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