Tour Hawai‘i’s Royal PalaceO‘ahu
King Kalakaua built IOLANI PALACE to enhance the prestige of Hawai‘i overseas and to mark Hawai‘i’s status as a modern nation. Today, Iolani Palace remains the only palace to have housed ruling royalty in the United States.
In August 1882, KING DAVID KALAKAUA opened the palace doors to welcome members of his legislative assembly and other invited dignitaries to view his official residence. Later, RENOWNED GUESTS from around the world sat at the king’s dinner table, among them Prince Oscar of Sweden and Norway, and Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.
Architects Thomas J. Baker, C.S. Wall and Isaac Moore created a PALACE FOR THE MODERN AGE. Built in the American Florentine style, the palace had electricity four years prior to the White House, and the king installed a telephone in his office so he could keep in immediate contact with his chamberlain.
Upon King Kalakaua’s death, this home became the official residence of his sister, QUEEN LILIU‘OKALANI, the last monarch of Hawai‘i. She
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In 1969, restoration work began with the help of the Junior League, and Iolani Palace now boasts its original beauty. However, many of the OBJECTS AND ARTIFACTS were auctioned following the overthrow of Queen Liliu‘okalani; the recovery and restoration of original palace furnishings continues today.
Deemed a NATIONAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK, Iolani Palace is located in downtown Honolulu on the corner of King and Richards streets. TOURS are available to the public. Guided tours are held Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9-10 a.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m. Self-led audio tours are available Mondays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Children younger than 5 years of age must be in a front-held infant/child carrier or safely strapped in a stroller (provided by Iolani Palace) at all times.
For more information, call (808) 522-0822 or visit iolanipalace.org.