Iolani Palace
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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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
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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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Katherine M
11 contributions
Nov 2022
The audio tour was amazing. There is so much history presented, you could benefit by going through twice, There are beautiful gowns once worn by queens and original furniture and dishes as well as gorgeous jewelry on display. Well worth the time and cost.
Written 2 December 2022
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newyorkcity2017
New York City, NY18 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
A short but educational and informative visit on the history of the Hawaiian monarchy and its people. The relatively recent history of Hawaii and its takeover is a sad story that resulted in a significant erosion of Hawaiian culture and the traditional lifestyle of its people. Great insight into the monarchy and royal families starting from Kamehameha. Plan to spend 1.5 hours.
Written 1 December 2022
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Archeus1
London, Canada129 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We took the informative audio tour. This is an un-guided tour which uses a telephone-like device (no headphones) which you hold up to your ear. If you are going with your spouse it is next to impossible to stay in sync…so be prepared to split up. The ultra-small video screen on the phone shows occasional historical photos - if you use readers, better have them with you. They give you shoe covers (good idea) but be careful because they can be a tripping hazard.

The highlight of the tour is the many original pieces of furniture and royal trappings that have been collected and protected. Don’t miss the irony in the royal inhabitants’ embrace and imitation of everything that was NOT Hawaiian, while proclaiming to be stalwarts of traditional Hawaiian culture. Don’t expect to see anything different than you would see at any late 19th century mansion tour available in most cities. Don’t miss the basement and be sure to allow at least 1.5 hours.
Written 1 December 2022
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bradb0317
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Nov 2022
Highly recommended to anyone visiting the island. Encourage everyone to go, especially the kids so that they can learn about the customs and history. It will help everyone gain much needed respect for this special place in the world.
Written 28 November 2022
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flo298
Seattle, WA1 contribution
Nov 2022
I first read about Iolani Palace many years ago in the book Emma. Any person interested in Hawaiian history would find this place a poignant yet fascinating hallmark.
Written 28 November 2022
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Lani K
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
A must see for history buffs. We had a wheelchair user with us and it was fully accessible. Great tour!
Written 27 November 2022
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Kim L
Kansas City, MO14 contributions
Nov 2022
I enjoyed learning about the only monarchy in the US. The palace and artifacts are beautiful. Learning the Hawaiian history was a great experience.
Written 27 November 2022
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Adelfa D
1 contribution
Nov 2022
Wonderful place to visit. You wear booties over your shoes so it could feel a bit slippery on the wood floors. Our docent was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. He was very considerate of everyone in the group. The only drawback is that finding a parking spot can be challenging downtown. Allow extra time for that or you could miss your reservation time like we did. Luckily there was room in the next group.
Written 26 November 2022
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drlanewesson
Charlotte, NC1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
The Docent Led tour was amazing! Iris was a wonderfully knowledgeable tour guide and did an amazing job including my son. The palace is beautifully preserved.
Written 26 November 2022
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Nick J
3 contributions
Nov 2022
Our docent-led tour with Dan was great. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the topic. We learned a lot about the history of Hawai'i and enjoyed the beautiful palace. Definitely don't skip this one.
Written 25 November 2022
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