Welcome to Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States! This palace is the 11-acre historic royal residence in downtown Honolulu, first created in 1871. This opulent 19th century home housed many of Hawaii’s last monarchs, including King Kamehameha III under his famous and fairly long dynasty. This entire palace is considered to be one of the most spectacular living restorations in all of Polynesia, and today it operates as an excellent local heritage museum, allowing guests to immerse themselves into the royal heritage of the Kingdom of Hawaii as it was in the not-so-distant past. Be sure to bring your camera to take advantage of this amazing outside photo-op to capture some of the most magnificent handy work of local late designers Baker, Wall, and Moore.
While here, you and your group can take part in a public 60-90 minute tour, self-tour, or guided audio tour. Each tour will take you through two floors of gallery exhibits as well as several historically accurate and meticulously restored palace rooms. Explore the Grand Hall, Throne Room, Blue Room, State Dining Room, and several of the Private Suites and see exactly what it was like to live within this royal home. There is a special King’s Noble Vision demonstration every half hour in the Barracks Room, and once you think you’ve seen it all in the palace, head outside and explore the historic surrounding neighborhood. There are also several local eateries and shopping experience very close by to take part in afterwards, the palace being on the popular corner of King and Richards Streets.