This is national historic palace and masterpiece as well as being the only official residence of state for United States royalty, Downtown Honolulu’s Iolani Palace was the official home to the last two monarchs of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s from 1882 to 1893: King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani.
Iolani Palace is located in the center of a busy area and is really worth a walk. In the South of King Street you’ll find Aliiolani Hale and the King Kamehameha I statue.
Just behind the Palace there is the State Capitol building and Washington Place, the governor’s home. Eastwards are the historic Kawaiahao Church, Honolulu Hale (where the City Council and offices of the Mayor are) and the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Sites and Archives. If you go west you’ll see the Hawaii State Art Museum in addition to Oahu’s main financial and arts district in Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown.
You can take a guided tour or a self-guided audio tour of the Palace Tuesday to Saturday. If you’re in front of the Palace, the ticket office would be on your left on the State Capitol side of the building. As one of the most important historical places in Oahu, Lolani Palace plays an integral part in understanding the history and culture of Hawaii. Ask for more information about the Iolani Palace.
Let’s tour inside the palace. The Iolani Palace is one of the most eye-catching buildings in Honolulu and gives a great idea about much of the history of the state inside if it. The Palace was the official home of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, the last king and queen to govern Hawaii. It was first built in1883 for a sum of $360,000 and was the royal residence until the monarchy was abolished in 1893.
The best way to see the main rooms and upper floor of the Palace is to take a guided tour which is only available in the mornings (and that costs about $20 for adults, $5 for children over 5years old). It would be a great idea to book your ticket beforehand because the tours can get filled up fast. Call the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace at (808) 522-0832; Tours are available from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. Landscaped grounds are famous for unplanned outdoor picnics and Friday noon band concerts. The professional guides offer a great history and context that adds certain sadness to the beauty in the setting. You can also take a self-guided audio tour for a more affordable price (which is $12 per person). You can also take Gallery tours of the basement, which features the kitchen of the compound, the office of the Chamberlain office, and a number of displays that show royal regalia and jewelry, and those are self-guided and cost $6 for admission.