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Iolani Palace

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  • Iolani Palace, Honolulu and Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Published 09/02/2015

Fodor's Review

America's only official royal residence was built in 1882 on the site of an earlier palace. It contains the thrones of King Kalakaua and his successor (and sister) Queen Liliuokalani. Bucking the stereotype of simple island life, the palace had electric lights even before the White House. Downstairs galleries showcase the royal jewelry and a kitchen and offices restored to the glory of the monarchy. The palace is open for guided tours or self-guided audio tours, and reservations are recommended. If you're set on taking a guided tour, call for reservations a few days in advance. Tours are available only in the mornings and are limited. The palace gift shop and ticket office was formerly the Iolani Barracks, built to house the Royal Guard.

Sight Information


King and Richards Sts., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96804, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $21.75 guided tour, $14.75 audio tour, $7 downstairs galleries only
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–4; guided tours every 15 min Tues.–Sat. mornings

Published 09/02/2015


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