Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
09:00 - 16:00
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
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!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Luchtmc
    Portland, Oregon32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to learn about more recent Hawaiian history
    The tour was well planned and the palace was amazing. Love the restoration that they've done and the efforts that they continue to find items that were taken from the monarchy... I recommend taking this tour along with a visit to the Royal Mausoleum.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 20 April 2023
  • cynthia
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour!
    We had a wonderful guided tour of the Iolani Palace. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and quite funny. I highly recommend taking the tour with the tour guide. She answered questions and told stories.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 April 2023
  • LisaDesignerGirl
    Tiny, Canada7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    We had an opportunity to visit the Iolani Palace this April 2023 and it was not simply educational, it was a trip back in time that will live in our hearts forever. The tour was beautiful, the archives so well displayed, and we truly felt like it was an honor to be there. We visited on a Saturday morning, first thing - we would suggest trying to get there then as traffic was not at all difficult, no problem finding parking, and our tour group was smaller. Excellent place to plan within your Honolulu itinerary!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Usia2014
    Calgary, Canada1,885 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Palace
    We stopped here with a tour at the end of the day and it was closed. The outside is beautiful. Our tour guide gave us a some historical information about the king and queen and their lives. We didn’t have time left on our holiday to go back and tour the inside. Next visit!
    Visited January 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Cheryl_A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    True Hawaiian History
    Iolani Palace is a must for anyone interested in learning more about Hawaiian history and culture prior to their statehood. I highly recommend the dossier tours - it was interactive and filled with historical information you wouldn't get with a self guided version. Plus, its the only palace in the US! I highly recommend making this part of your trip to Oahu!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 27 April 2023
  • christiandavis2016
    Torrance, California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly magical
    The palace is stunning! It takes you back to a time before American domination took hold and tells the story. they also do a very good job of telling the royal family history down through the generations. The beauty of the architecture and detailed finishes on everything including shutter hinges is amazing yeat not gaudy. Very elegant and tasteful. So worth an hour of your time.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 May 2023
  • SHIRLEY S
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hawaiian History Must-see
    Such a special place, the Iolani Palace should be high on your list! We took our time here which was easy to do with the audio guided tour. Pause, and take in the history. Come with a fully charged camera - you'll want to take many pictures of all the beauty, artifacts, and architecture. Don't skip the "basement" area. I almost did! It's actually an amazing part of the Palace in itself! Much mahalos to the State of Hawaii for maintaining this amazing historic site.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 10 May 2023
  • Kaybonacolta
    Kaneohe, Hawaii1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iolani Palace Self Guided Tour
    This was my second time at the palace and it was a wonderful experience (again). There’s so much history and such an amazing learning opportunity. Learning about the Monarch really brings the palace to life. I highly recommend visiting the palace while on island!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Anela1981
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iolani Palace FULL OF CULTURE
    The palace, as expected, is full of culture and the staff was friendly and professional. Some went above and beyond sharing his knowledge of the items and the palace itself. Being Hawaiian and living on the Islands, I appreciate that the palace and its staff did not create a tourist experience, but shared the culture and history of the Hawaiian monarchy. I also appreciate that they hired many Hawaii locals on staff who seemed to appreciate their heritage and history.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Jerome L
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular!
    We participated in a docent-led tour of the Palace. The architecture, woodwork, and historical exhibits were absolutely beautiful. The grounds and surround area are meticulously maintained. Was also able to visit Kamehameha statue, Hawaii state government building, and snap a picture of the governor's mansion which are all in the same area.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
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Kay C
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
My daughter and I visited the Palace in April. Very interesting to learn the history of the Hawaiian people and royalty. It is helpful to spend time in the lower level to read the history and the restoration room prior to the tour to learn the extensive work it has taken to restore the elements of the palace. My daughter is an interior designer and she noted small details, the door knobs, the hinges on the doors, and the fine grain of the wood. Certainly makes one appreciate the fine craftsmanship and hours of labor it has taken to restore this palace.
Written 11 April 2024
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Tara B
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It's poignant to see a real royal palace sitting in the middle of a parking lot -- but at least it is still there. We came from New York City and didn't know the royal history of Hawaii before this. I'm glad we came and learned about this exotic place that is now a U.S. state. I loved listening to the stories of the people who lived and worked here, while we were standing in what once were their rooms and looking at their royal clothing and furniture. As a musician, I especially valued the sheet music written by Queen Liliuokalani that you can purchase at the store.
Written 11 April 2024
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Tricia F
Wellington, FL60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A wonderful way to learn a bit of Hawaii’s history while touring a beautiful historical
Palace. Wonderful knowledgable
Tour guides
Written 5 April 2024
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Yvonne L
San Jose, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Super pretty and interesting. We did the audio tour with a baby. Definitely bring a baby carrier even though they have strollers on request. They'll make you use one of theirs and wear shoe covers. Save some time for the parts downstairs and the gift shop.
Written 3 April 2024
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Tess3939
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024
I think it is deeply important to give yourself the gift of learning a little about the places you visit. Hawaii has a rich and devastating history that should be talked about and honored.

We did the audio tour and it was awesome, we could move at our own pace and really take in all that we were expirienceing. We were there for 1.5 hours and could of easily stayed at least 2.
Written 1 April 2024
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MiddleofnowhereRandy
Radville, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024
An absolute must see. The palace is stunning, just beyond description. Everything about this place is just amazing. So glad we got to tour it.
Written 31 March 2024
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josephlukecolo
Colorado Springs, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024
Visited the Iolani Palace when I was 15. The memories were so vivid. So happy having the chance to grow up with beauty and majesty.
Written 31 March 2024
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mmmay2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Step back for a few hours to tour this Hawaiian Kingdom palace & historic grounds. All is meticulous cared for, if you go on a Friday the Royal Hawaiian Band has a concert on lawn
Written 31 March 2024
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Ankesh K
Ialyssos, Greece6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had a wonderful time exploring the rich history of the Hawaiian people through their Monarchy. The tour was well organized. It was enlightening as well as informative. We were lucky to see the Royal Hawaiian band perform on the lawns as well.
We did the audio tour which was amazing but we may go back to the docent tour.
Written 31 March 2024
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kgservices04
Waianae, HI1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I think more needs to be shared on the overthrow and what actually took place in the palace and to our queen. As a kanaka ringing my 2 elementary school children to visit the castle for the 1st time I was saddened to experience a tour that seemed to spend more time speaking on the English visitors and other country portraits that of our own royal families hanging on the walls.

I appreciate the tour guide and her efforts in giving the group a tour, however, I feel that she needs proper training on the true history of what took place there over 100 years. The event affects all kanaka still today. It will always be a emotional experience when visiting the castle, just next time I would wish that it will be with more information on our Queen, Kings and rest of the royal family.
Written 29 March 2024
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