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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!
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“You have to see this place.”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

If you like history, you have to see this place. It was wonderful. Steeped in history.

Go first thing in the morning. We reserved for 9 and got a personal tour. Just 2 of us and the guide.

Don't miss this one.

Visited March 2014
Thank Cathy F
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing artifacts”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Loved the individual audio walking tour. Really showed how the monarchy embraced technology. Loved how actual pictures were posted in the rooms to show how the rooms originally looked, as well as how they have been refurbished. What a great way to spend a rainy day!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank cmarypoppins
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Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is a must see for all. I could go here every time we come. Beautiful grounds, the wood interiors and the museum and history are not to be missed. The Hawaiian Monarchs visited and imported beautiful things from England and had electricity in the palace before the United States White House did..little known fact.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank CaliforniaTerri
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A must if you are interested in history”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Each year the museum gets better as more of it's story and the story of the Hawaiian monarch period is told. You pace your self for an hour or afternoon. You will appreciate all things Hawaiian even more after this visit.

Visited August 2013
Thank junlook
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A must-see”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

A great trip through history. Such a beautifully tended space, treated with much respect. We participated in a docent-lead tour. She was informative, engaging and an utter joy. Thanks to all who worked to preserve this treasure.

Visited March 2014
Thank Margaret F
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