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“Take some time to learn about 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!
Phoenix, Arizona
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51 reviews
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“Take some time to learn about Hawaiian history”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Arrived too late for a guided tour on a Sat, but found the audio tour to be just as helpful. It was paced well and afforded an opportunity to learn about Hawaiian culture and history. Our family included adult children (no option to specify that in the review).

Visited January 2014
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Swift Current
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

It was great to learn some of the history of the Hawaiian royalty. The audio tour was good, gave lots of information.

Visited January 2014
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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“for people that love history”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

a very special Palace.....a must for one that wants to see a part of old Hawaii....truly elegant.....filled with warmth and aloha

Visited August 2013
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San Ramon, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“I had high hopes”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

I love to tour old homes, castles and mansions. When I saw this I put it on the list. First of all don't go toward the end of the day, the staff starts cleaning up and clearing items, such as the flower arrangements throughout the palace. Now it is something to see in of its self, however the furnishings are sparce. The audio tour if mostly history, which I did at least learn something, it leaves a lot of time to stand and listen to the history lesson. The basement, saved for the end of the tour is very interesting. You can see some of the royal jewels, they are fabulous, do not miss this part. The fee to see this attraction-plus parking.....hummm, a bit much. I guess they're trying to keep this palace open supported by the tourist.

Visited December 2013
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Willunga, Australia
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“Beautiful historic building with a sad story.”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Iolani Palace was the residence of the last monarchs of Hawaii. It is a fantastic building and a must see for anyone with an interest in history. The sad story of greed and colonial expansion by the US in the late 19 th and early 20 th century is tied to this building. It was great to see the efforts put into restoration and preservation of the palace by the local Hawaiian people in recent years - inspiring stuff!

Visited January 2014
Thank Mark S
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