Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace, Honolulu: Hours, Address, Iolani Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

Iolani Palace
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History 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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Margaret L
Burlingame, CA59 contributions
Wonderful way to learn some of Hawaii's history
Jun 2021
The audio tour takes about an hour to explain the art, furnishings, and history of each room. I was especially moved by the life of Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last monarch, a devout Anglican who sacrificed so much, including her throne, to save her people, and continued to serve them after she was deposed. It's an important part of Hawaiian, and now American, history.
Written 21 June 2021
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MDLaw
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Hawaiian Royalty
Jun 2021
Loved the history and beauty of this palace. Had no idea Hawaii was its own Kingdom in the 19th Century. Highly recommend if you are interested in the history of the islands and if you enjoy historical artifacts.
Written 20 June 2021
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MDI2
Simpsonville, SC169 contributions
The Only Royal Palace in the United States
Jun 2021 • Family
While in Honolulu, rent a car or take a tour or take a bus to the palace. A statute of King Kamehameha is directly across the street. Well worth the visit.
Written 19 June 2021
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Tien
Spokane, WA69 contributions
Nice way to learn interesting Hawaiian History
Jun 2021
We had a very warm welcome at the entrance to the palace. The staff here are very nice. The history of the Royal Hawaiian Family was very interesting and sad at the same time. They have done a wonderful job of restoring the palace. We were glad we took the time to visit.
Written 18 June 2021
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K C
2 contributions
A must visit!
Jun 2021
The Iolani Palace is a must-see when you visit Oahu. It is a beautiful, informative and heartbreaking tour of the Palace of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

TIP: Make a reservation weeks/days before your visit.
Written 15 June 2021
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Steph & Dan
57 contributions
Way More than a "Museum" & Aunt Gladys' Storytelling
Jun 2021
Aunt Gladys was an incredible guide and really made the experience for us. Her storytelling abilities and knowledge is inspiring, and her patience and humor with the group was appreciated. Iolani Palace is an important part of Hawaiian history. We are thankful to everyone who has helped preserve its history and for making it accessible so that more people can educate themselves on its significance today. The warm welcome by all staff members was great too. We highly recommend the guided tour; be sure to book tickets in advance. And also keep in mind that it's more than a "museum", and is a sacred space deserving our care and respect. Mahalo!
Written 14 June 2021
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Distractus
1 contribution
The jewels were especially beautiful
Jun 2021
The palace was a wonderful experience and I'm very glad I went. I hope they are able to find all the missing pieces they're looking for.
Written 14 June 2021
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coaggie86
1 contribution
Great Hawaiian history
Jun 2021 • Family
The palace is great place to visit in Honolulu. Lots of history of the Hawaiian culture. The information on the audio recordings gave lots of details.
Written 14 June 2021
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hawaiianseaturtle
Provo, UT10 contributions
Self-guided audio tour is worth it!
May 2021
This was my first tour of the palace in about 45 years. I last toured it as a child as part of a elementary school field trip. The palace restoration is done beautifully and there is clearly a sense of reverence and respect on the grounds and inside. The self-guided audio tour was very affordable and met me needs perfectly. I learned a lot and would recommend it to anyone. Parking on King Street was very easy for a Saturday afternoon (2-hour limit). The one hour tour left me time to walk around the palace grounds, the gift shop, and Kawaiha'o Church grounds across the street. Make sure you reserve your tickets early and DO arrive on time. I was a few minutes late and had to join the group after me. The staff graciously allowed this, but it's obvious that they are trying to space out the number of guests, so definitely be mindful of this. I look forward to visiting the palace again.
Written 14 June 2021
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WrldTrvl_68
Houston, TX69 contributions
Great intro to Hawaii monarchy
Jun 2021
It was a great first day tour to learn about the Hawaiian monarchy and history. It was a beautiful palace.
Written 13 June 2021
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  • Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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