Iolani Palace

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

Iolani Palace
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
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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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Lynn K
Sacramento, CA89 contributions
Jun 2022
The story and seeing the palace was informative. Gave new perspective to what we knew and did not know about Hawaii.
Written 24 June 2022
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Marty M
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Jun 2022
We did the audio tour. It was very informative. Audio devices were clean and had clear sound. Staff was friendly helpful.
Written 23 June 2022
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Sam1973b
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
We made a reservation to see the palace; however, we were taken in late (after our reservation time), and then pretty much kicked out at 5 til closing time. We had about 40 minutes to see this amazing palace. If the museum is going to make reservations, it should allow enough time to go through at least the whole tour that we paid for.

To make matters worse, they closed the gift shop early as well, which was how we got the kids to go. They are just like, sorry! Considering most of the funding for the upkeep comes from patrons like us, you'd think they'd be nicer, and more aware.
Written 21 June 2022
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kelkris
Bowling Green, Kentucky2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We enjoyed our tour of this beautiful palace! We appreciated that the tour group size was limited so that we were able to truly enjoy the palace. The audio tour was excellent with its explanations of the history of the palace and the things we were seeing throughout our tour.
Written 21 June 2022
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,964 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
The Iolani Palace is well worth a trip inside, we didn't have time today, but did walk around the gardens with Pippin Fort but didn't see Huey.
Written 20 June 2022
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kramjam13
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Did the audio tour and it was awesome. The building was beautifully kept, and the staff were all very helpful and friendly.
Written 20 June 2022
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Webbmann
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
We enjoyed our visit to the Iolani Palace. It was beautiful inside. We had the audio tour which was helpful so I didn't have to read all the placards. It was a little hard to find the parking location (I found that true for most of Oahu though). You have to pay to park (quarters only at the meter) and you have to purchase tickets in advance online. But we thought it was worth it!
Written 20 June 2022
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yojimbo_2000
Los Angeles, CA186 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
The docent led tour is a must. The docent, an older gentleman, was informative and very interesting. The information surrounding the palace and the royal family was helpful in understanding the history of Hawaii. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone interesting in the history of Hawaii. In the future I would like to take one of the other tour options offered.
Written 20 June 2022
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alyw8823
2 contributions
Jun 2022
Such a beautiful and informative tour. Loved our guide and learning about the history of Iolani Palace. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 20 June 2022
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abartels2022
Honolulu, HI1 contribution
May 2022
My seniors really enjoyed their experience at Iolani Palace. Our docent was very knowledgeable about the history of our Islands and Hawaii. I like that she also projected her voice so that my seniors could hear and understand clearly what she was saying. My seniors said that they learned more about our history of our kingdom then when they attended with their families.
Written 16 June 2022
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