Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States.
The palace was official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. The interior is very opulent. It was very modern in it’s time, even having electric lighting before the White House. It has a rich history, and is a nice place to spend a couple of hours. If you have a rainy day while visiting Honolulu, it’s well worth a visit.
WHERE: 364 S. King St., Honolulu, HI.
HOURS: Mon-Sat, 9am – 4pm. (see website for specific tour times)
Self-guided audio tour: $14.75 per adult, $6.00 per child (5-12)
Docent guided tour: $21.75 per adult, $6.00 per child (5-12) – See website for specific times of docent guided tours
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
There is very limited parking at Iolani Palace, and street parking is a pain. The Iolani Palace website suggests parking at Alii Place (1099 Alakea St.). Parking there is $3 for the first 2 hours and $1.50 each additional hour.
While the palace is open from 9am – 4pm, they let people in in groups every 10 minutes. Depending on your arrival time, you may have to wait a few minutes before going in.
Children ages 4 and under must either be in a front-held child carrier worn by an adult, or strapped into one of the Iolani palace provided strollers.
Large bags/backpacks are not permitted inside the palace. (They’re afraid you’ll knock something over with it!)
You will be required to wear shoe covers provided by the palace before entering, to help protect the flooring.
The self-guided audio tour recording is 45 minutes long, and is available in English, French, German, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish.
The area around Iolani Palace is a good walking tour. Across South King St is Ali’iolani Hale (home of the Hawaii Supreme Court) and a statue of King Kamehameha I. Behind Iolani Palace is a statue of Queen Lili’uokalani and the State Capitol Building, In front of the Capitol Building is a creepy statue of Father Damien (seriously, what’s up with his eyes?!?).
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