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The magisterial palace is the former home of the Hawaiian monarchy and the only official royal residence in the United States. Self-guided audio tours: adults - $14.75, youth ages 5-12 - $6. Reservations recommended for docent-led tours: adults - $21.75, youth - $6 Basement gallery exhibits: adults - $5, youth - $3.
Highlights & Tips:
- The only official royal residence in the United States, ‘Iolani Palace is an elegant reminder of the grandeur of the Hawaiian monarchy.
- Built by King Kalākaua in the late 1800s, it was the center of social and political activity before 1893, when the Hawaiian kingdom was illegally overthrown.
- The first floor consists of the public reception areas—the Grand Hall, State Dining Room, Blue Room and the Throne Room.
- The second floor consists of the private suites—the King's and Queen's suites, Music Room and the Imprisonment Room, where Queen Liliuokalani was held under house arrest for a little under eight months following the overthrow of her government.
- Walk in the footsteps of royalty on a docent-led or self-guided tour and marvel at the unique architecture.
- Outfitted with electricity and telephones before the White House, the Palace, with its royal regalia, furnishings and artifacts, is a potent reminder of a significant time in Hawaiian history.