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“A Must See!”
Review of Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace
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Monarch's Tour: Bishop Museum & Iolani Palace Combo Tour
Ranked #11 of 324 things to do in Honolulu
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“A Must See!”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Finally made it to the Iolani Palace after several visits to Oahu. Very glad I did. Beautiful building/appointments and an exceptional history lesson.

Visited April 2013
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Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada
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“A glimpse of real Hawaii. A must see for all visitors.”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We did the docent led tour and weren't disappointed. Booked a reservation on line 24 hours ahead, smooth process. We left the car at the condo and took theBus. Turned out we didn't have to - there was plenty of cheap parking on site and near by. We haven't done the self-guided tour but I understand that some areas are off limits to that tour which are included on the guided tour. Our guide was a delightful elderly gentleman whos encyclopedic knowledge of the palace and Hawaiian history was only trumped by his enthusiasm. We were fortunate enough to visit the day before Kalākaua's (the last reigning king) 150th birthday so the place was spiffed and polished with bunting all over the facade. The time flew by and I felt like I transported back in time. A great tour and a worthwhile cause to support! As a bonus, the world famous statue (think Hawaii 5 O) of Kamehameha I is across the street and the Aloha tower is only two blocks away. TIP: Guided tours only run from 9:00am to 10:00am and not every day so I imagine they sell out fairly quickly so plan accordingly.

Visited November 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Hawaii's Royal Palace”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

We really enjoyed our guided tour of the Iolani Palace, and hearing about the residence of Hawaii's Royalty. It gives us mainlanders a much better understanding of the dynamics of the Royal Family as Hawaii joined with the rest of the world. It is a beautiful building furnished with antiques and fascinating stories!

Visited November 2013
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“For History Buffs”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Really just a huge old house. Lots of historical artifacts but you really should invest in the guided tour in order to understand some of the stories behind each. A great way to appreciate an important piece of island history. Lot's of restoration has taken place to return the Palace back to it's original state from a government building. My wife enjoyed it more than I did (quilts, old fabrics) but definitely not for kids.

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“A Royal Palace”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

The history of the Royal Palace is very interesting especially how the last Queen was imprisoned within the palace walls within one room and had no visitors or writing implements for any type of communication with the outside. You are allowed to take photos inside the palace , WITHOUT A FLASH . The throne room and the blue room were my personal favourites.

Visited November 2013
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