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Iolani Palace

364 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2900
+1 808-522-0822
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“hawaiian history” (428 reviews)
“royal family” (236 reviews)
“audio tour” (566 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
364 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2900
+1 808-522-0822
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Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed learning about the history of the Hawaiian people and their leaders and to see how this palace came to be built. Knowledgeable tour guides and plenty of time to look around. Worth seeing.

Thank Karen D
Reviewed yesterday

Going to the Royal Palace was a step back to a different time in Hawaiian history. I am not usually a fan of audio tours but this one is exceptionally well done, and you have options for more information if you want it. The tour...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was very good place to know Hawaii history. I strongly recommend to visit here. You should go here if you think that Hawaii was small tribe.

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Thank Hyunah C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Free entry and airport type security here but the building and it’s history is very interesting. There is also public transport stopping almost outside and is located in downtown Honolulu. Highly recommend for history buffs and those interested in early Hawaiian architecture.

Thank george l
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was really surprised how amazing this building is and found the tour through all the rooms fascinating. Easy to park close by and souvenirs available ... knowledgeable volunteer guides to further explain various aspects! One not too miss!!

Thank Queenslander902
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I can't believe it's a museum. The audio program was very well done, interesting and understandable. It made you feel you were actually there, taught you a lot and limited the amount of people entering so you can go at your leisure but have room...More

Thank picositter
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful place to visit, well guided audio tour, easy-to-make reservation system. Even my 7-year old child enjoyed it.

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Thank elenau209
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely grounds, impressive historical site. Well worth a visit, and if you read "The House without a Key," the locale will be familiar to you.

Thank ThreeRosettes70
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was an excellent first stop to learn about Hawaii before it became a US territory and state and how that came about. I learned things I never knew (the real story is the complete opposite from what I assumed the story would be) and...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 4 days ago

A friend of ours suggested visiting the Iolani Palace. The docent who led the tour, was excellent. He knows his Hawaiian history. It's a beautiful place and we learned so much.

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Karen T
11 July 2017|
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Response from P9152PVkt | Reviewed this property |
There's metered street parking. Nearby Business District offers parking however; it is a bit pricy. Suggest that you catch the bus or taxi/ uber to the Palace if you plan on taking a tour.
Mayri L
21 January 2017|
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Response from Juanna C | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's about $22 for the audio self guided tour. You don't buy the ticket in the palace itself but at the old, small building beside it.
Kyoko K
8 December 2016|
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You only see the basement exhibit if you tour on your own at $5. Visit the Iolani Palace website for more info.