Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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!
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  • productregion6
    Providence, Rhode Island1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, elegant Iolani Palace and its storied history
    The palace is obviously lovingly maintained. The self-guided audio tour has a wealth of information about not only the palace but also the Hawaiian Islands leadership history beginning with King Kamehameha I. The gift shop is well worth a visit. Go!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
  • vanessapederson
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    I took the self guided tour and it was a very good experience. Being able to set your own pace was nice and the recording was very good quality. I recommend bringing your own headset or earbuds, it really immerses you if you don't have to hold the speaker up to your ear.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Carrie M
    Vernon, Connecticut19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History you must see
    Was interested in this palace - only one in the U.S. Took the self-audio tour. Very well done. Couldn't wait to see the quilt. Amazing work by the Queen while held as prisoner. Would go back to this again with others.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Laurel C
    Tampa, Florida23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Historical Tour!
    This was by far one of the best tours we had in Oahu, I would definitely recommend to all. It was a little confusing at first where to go to get tickets. The ticket counter is located in a small building near the side gate and parking area. From there you will watch a little 10-minute film on the residents of the palace. Then on to the porch area of the palace to be fitted with your self-guided audio equipment and shoe coverings. So glad we took this tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • AmSuLock
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful morning tour
    We booked a 9 AM audio tour at Iolan palace, and I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and intuitive the tour was. The stories told were all very well scripted and packed with information. Would absolutely recommend to anyone, it shared very important Hawaiian history not usually taught on the mainland!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Anassauga
    Mississauga, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit.
    We had a amazing time when we visited the palace. Learned a lot about the Hawaiian royal family. Staff was very helpful and friendly. We went on a Friday and the royal Hawaiian band was there playing and they were absolutely fantastic. If you like history, you will enjoy your time here.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 June 2023
  • cicero60
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Isolani Palace Guided Tour
    A must visit for any Honolulu itinerary. In addition to the opulence of the interior the history of the building and the royal family was most interesting. Our guide was excellent, sorry I don't remember his name. Tip: certain days there are only audio tours, other day there are only guide tours . Pay the couple of extra dollars and take the guide tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Sarah G
    Lorton, Virginia21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historic Palace!
    A fascinating place to visit and learn more about the Hawaiian royal family and kingdom! The audio tour is well done, though I wish they had more guided tours available on different days. Parking was available for reasonable cost on the grounds in midweek which is always great in Honolulu!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Road694677
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iolani Palace
    Our docent was EXCELLENT! I wish I could remember her name, but she talked about the history of the palace in addition to the Hawaiian culture and traditions. She explained the renovation and added in interesting and funny tidbits. Safe to say that our group didn't want the tour to end, she was that fabulous. We could feel her love and pride of this historic building and really brought out the beauty of this palace.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 9 June 2023
  • jemalongkid
    Shoalhaven, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    I’m so glad we did this tour. We enjoyed the audio tour and it was amazing. A 19th century palace, taking inspiration from other monarchy’s but surprisingly modern, innovative yet somehow appropriate for a tropical paradise. Also touching as the story of the downfall of the monarchy through American run coup was told and was so sad. A must see for anyone visiting Hawaii.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 11 June 2023
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Jennifer A
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This historic palace is worth a visit, restored to its original condition as under the last Hawaiian monarchy. It’s a stunning space, filled and staged with treasures, though smaller in scale to the European palaces, and a bit fussy for small children with tight, quiet, largely gated-off rooms.
Written 18 May 2024
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Lori W
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May 2024 • Family
Appreciated that there were staff in the parking area to guide us to check in downstairs. We took the audio tour and highly recommend it so you may proceed at your own pace and look at the rooms as long as you wish. All staff were very friendly and helpful! All displays were done tastefully and with sufficient information for patrons.
Written 16 May 2024
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Steven
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The audio guide was informative. The only issues are the pictures they flash on the screen happen without a pause in the audio, so an improvement might be a longer pause at those junctures. The staff was initially fairly strict, but we understand it is to protect the palace. We were unsure if we needed a locker to store bags, but bags were allowed, just not on your back or over your shoulder, they had to be in front of you. An interesting timeline of the various kings and queens and a key part of the story of Hawaii.
Written 13 May 2024
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PLG
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lovely time there with attentive staff who were very helpful. I would advise going early since it gets very popular as the day goes on and you want to take your time to look at all that is there. Wonderful history lesson!
Written 13 May 2024
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Laura S
LOUISVILLE6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024
We really enjoyed the self-guided tour and learning the history of the Hawaiian culture and the Kings and Queens that ruled. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Written 11 May 2024
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June M
Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We did the Docent led tour with Aunty Grace. What a gorgeous lady who gave us a very informative, detailed tour of this magnificent Palace.
Written 4 May 2024
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The Traveling Pierogi
World238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Iolani Palace is a staple in Hawaiian history. Dating back to the mid 1800s, the Palace housed King Kamehameha III reign and the Monarchs after him. The Hawaiian Royal Family really didn’t use that Palace as a home, but was mostly used for parties and state visits of the time. They used other Royal Palaces around Oahu. Iolani translates to heavenly hawk; so in retrospect the Hawaiian Monarchs were sent from the heavens. When visiting Iolani, you will put shoe coverings on and then enter the Palace with your audio device, then you will learn a plethora of Hawaiian Monarchy history. One fact that stood out to me was that the Palace was the Hawaiian state house in 1969, when building the new, and current, state house. Also during the tour, you see the grand staircase, which is the last, and only, original artifact of the Palace.
Written 4 May 2024
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equent1
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My family and I really enjoyed our trip to Iolani palace. Having never been before, despite multiple prior trips to Oahu, I'm now recommending this to anyone who plans to visit. The audio tour was thorough without being too information heavy and provided a wonderful historical context to the building and it's significance. The staff were all friendly and helpful.
Written 1 May 2024
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Arlene E
Honolulu, HI9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Iolani Palace is a must see if you want to learn about the rich Hawaiian culture and history. We took the audio tour which you can go at your own pace walk through the palace and learn about the various exhibits.
Written 29 April 2024
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waglin93
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024
Well worth your time. This is the only royal palace in the US and the history here is both awesome and heartbreaking.
Written 29 April 2024
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