364 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
+1 808 522 0822; Tour info: +1 808 538 1471
Fax: +1 808 532 1051
This stately palace was once the home of the last two ruling monarchs of Hawai'i, King Kalakaua and Queen Lili'uokalani. The palace was completed in 1882 by King Kalakaua and housed the ruling family until the late 1800s, when the monarchy was overthrown. After the King and Queen moved out, the contents of the home were carefully inventoried and sold at auction, and the structure was used as the headquarters of the provisional government for decades to come. The government offices finally moved out in 1969, and massive restoration began on the palace, as it had fallen into disrepair. The Friends of Iolani Palace oversaw the renovation processes, and after much work using historical documents and archives as guidelines for restoring the building, the palace reopened to the public in 1978. Today, the palace offers a unique look into the life of ruling royalty in Hawai'i. It is filled with many original furnishings and accessories, as well as artifacts and other personal items relating to the monarchy.
On-site tour times and information: Guided Tours (reservations required) start every 15 minutes from 9am-10am, Tues-Thurs; 9am-11:15am, Fri-Sat. Self-guided audio tours start every 10 minutes from 9am-4pm, Mon; 10:30am-4pm, Tues-Thurs; 12pm-4pm, Fri-Sat.
Audio Tours: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese
Nearest Train or Bus:
Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bus Taxi
Notes: Enter through the Likelike Mall, which is to the left off King St, between the Palace and the Hawaii State Library.
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: There is limited metered parking on the grounds and on nearby streets. However, please be aware that parking on many nearby streets is limited to a certain amount of time and prohibited during morning and afternoon rush hours.
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