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Historic Iolani Palace- Home to Hawaiian Royalty

Once the official home of Hawaii's King Kalakaua and his sister and successor Queen Liliuokalani, Iolani Palace is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Situated in downtown Honolulu, this National Historic Landmark transports visitors back to the Victorian Era and a time where Polynesian traditions met the modern era.
 
Discover the unique history of the mansion and its royal residents with a guided or self-guided tour of the palace, wander the stunning grounds and explore galleries of art, antique furnishings, historic photos, and other artifacts.
 
Explore the history of the mansion, from its beginnings as a royal residence in 1882 and its use as a prison in 1895 to becoming the headquarters for the Provisional Government and its transformation to a beloved national heritage site.
 

Details

Prices -

Self-guided tours are $14.75 adults; $6 kids. Decent-guided tours are $21.75 adults; $6 kids. Children under 5 years enter free. 
 

Hours -

Open from 9am-4pm, Monday- Saturday. Last ticket sold at 3:45pm.
 

Events

  • Royal Hawaiian Band Concerts
  • Weddings & Private Parties
 
 

Activities

  • Guided Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Hawaiian Quiltmaking Classes
  • Art & Antique Collections
  • Gardens
  • Palace Shop
 

FAQs

  • How long does it take to tour Iolani Palace?

    Guided tours last approximately 45 minutes and include a visit to the palace staterooms and private quarters. Led by knowledgeable docents, you’ll learn about the palace’s history, see antique furnishings and view art collections. After the guided portion concludes, guests are free to take a tour self-guided tour of the basement galleries and wander the grounds. Guided tours are offered Tuesday-Friday from 9am-10am; Saturday and Sunday from 9am-11:15am. Reservations are required, so visit the website to choose your tour date and time.
  • Who lives in the Iolani Palace?

    From its completion in 1882 to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, Iolani Palace was home to King Kalakaua and his sister, Queen Liliuokalani. In 1895, After an unsuccessful coup attempt in 1895, the queen was arrested, convicted and eventually imprisoned in the palace for eight months. After the failed coup, Iolani Palace served as the official headquarters for the Provisional Government until moving to the State Capitol building in 1969.
 

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