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“An absolutely beautiful palace and restoration”
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 January 30, 2011

The restoration committee of the 'Iolani Palace has done an excellant job in bringing the royal residence back to its original glory. I felt like I had stepped back about 120 years as I toured the palace. The rooms are just beautiful, although too bad photography isn't allowed so that I could capture the lovely images. The audio tour is well done and easy to follow. I especially enjoyed the photo display in the basement detailing the restoration process. All in all, the palace looks wonderful, and the tour is well done.

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Reviewed December 1, 2010

I visited the palace grounds twice, but haven't actually been inside the palace. It's very nice from the outside. I've gotten some great pics of the trees surrounding the palace. Make sure to go out back and check out the trees. They are pretty cool.

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Reviewed October 8, 2010

Take a break from the beach and go on an tour of the Iolani Palace for a brief overview of Hawaiian history. Our docent was a wealth of knowledge and even extended our tour afterwards. She encouraged questions and I wish I could have stayed longer. It is amazing so many of the furnishings have been recovered and they are still coming back. As our guide said "when they are ready they return home." It is well worth the $20. We were lucky enough to stumble on an outdoor concert on the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian Band with a singer and hula dancer.

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Reviewed August 29, 2010

This place is extraordinary. I love history, and once in Hawaii, there was no way I would miss out on seeing the only palace in the United States. The building itself is a lot smaller than I thought it would be, I'd assumed it'd be larger because it's well, a palace. But despite that, the details that have been lovingly restored are incredible - the ceiling panels, the window blinds, the koa staircase and the moldings...it's incredible. DO spring the extra $8 and go on the guided tour given by a docent. It blows that you can't take pictures inside - but you can take as many as you like outside. Super informative, really nice and helpful people who work there. The work they've done, and are continuing to do in preserving an important part of Hawaiian history and culture is impressive and should be lauded.

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Reviewed May 27, 2010

If you're into learning about the local culture of places you visit, this should be on your list. The palace is quite interesting with lots of beautiful artefacts to look at. It's a shame that so many things were lost and destroyed when the government came in.

I took a guided tour and learned quite a bit of Hawaiian history. The all-volunteer staff is well-versed in everything having to do with the palace and Hawaiian monarchy.

I would not advise bringing small children as they may become bored. The tour is little bit lengthy. You are also not permitted to take pictures or touch anything.

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