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“The only palace in the United States”
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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Fee: Yes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“The only palace in the United States”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

This is the only palace in the US as Hawaii is the only part of the States which had a King and Queen. The palace is beautiful and is worth a visit. You get an audio guide. We took a bus from Waikiki for the bus fare of 2.50 dollars which took us very close to the palace. There is also a film in a little building in the courtyard as well as a small shop. By the end of the tour you will have learned the history of Hawaii and its royal family. After this attraction cross the road to the Supreme Court which you can enter free of charge. It has an exhibition just inside. There is a scanner for security screening at the court. I can't remember what the admission fee was for the Iolani Palace, but it included the audio tour. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Incredible place to visit”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

What an experience. We weren't sure if we wanted to see it, but we watched a short video at the ticket area gift shop and decided to go on the audio tour. The palace was amazing! I cannot describe it. It is very sad to see that the government sold off all of the furnishings and everything after they ousted the monarchy. The preservation society has done a remarkable job of finding some of the missing items and of restoring the palace. They have a long way to go. The audio tour is wonderful and don't miss the basement where the jewels and such are. It is something to see.

Visited August 2014
Thank Sherry J
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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“Great volunteer effort”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

The volunteers are rounding up as much original furnishings as possible. New carpets being made to match as lose as possible. The tour guides are excellent. Great history told.

Visited August 2014
Thank Rose4746
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“A time in history to find out about”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

The palace was a one of a kind experience. I would love to go back. The guides take you from room to room as if the events were happening as you were there. Wonderful and the only palace in the United States.

Visited November 2013
Thank Sally L
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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Palace”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Beautiful Palace combined with a sad History. This Palace is right across the King Kamehameha Statue and close to Chinatown.

Visited July 2014
Thank Mandy L
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