Iolani Palace is a 10-room museum and historic house that was built in 1882, which depicts the details of the reign of King Kalakaua along with his sister, Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarchs in Hawaii. It is also the sole “official” state residence in the U.S.
Tourists and visitors appreciate how this structure provides a glimpse into the culture in Hawaii. Before visiting this iconic attraction it is important to know about a few of the rules while touring this property. Taking videos and pictures is strictly forbidden, and children that are under the age of 5 have to be strapped into either a stroller or carrier throughout the tour. You will also be required to wear cloth booties in order to protect the Koa wooden floors throughout the palace.
Iolani Palace is situated alongside the black and gold statue of King Kamehameha in downtown Honolulu. This venue provides hour-long guided tours between 9 and 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and between 9 and 11.15 a.m on Fridays and Saturdays. You are also able to choose from the self-led audio tours which are available from noon to 4 p.m.
The tours include public access to the 1st and 2nd floors and the basement galleries. This venue also offers on-site restrooms and its own gift shop. There are many buses that make stops close to the palace. You are also able to drive or take the Waikiki Trolley’s, Red Line.
The two tours available at Iolani Palace include the Self-Led Audio Tour and the Guided Tour with a Palace Docent. Both these tours include the first and the second floors of the palace, while the exhibits in the basement gallery are on offer with a self-guided option.
Experience The Royal Legacy Tour
The Royal Legacy Tour provides guests with a personal greeting from the Director of Guest Services at Iolani Palace, a private guided tour, and exclusive behind-the-scenes experience. This is a unique opportunity that offers guests a way to really experience how the monarchy in Hawaii really lived and to marvel at the innovation, opulence, along with the political intrigue.
Iolani Palace is a National Historic Landmark, tells the story of when King Kalakaua, who built the structure in 1882, along with his successor and sister, Queen Liliuokalani walked its halls. The Royal Legacy Tour is led by a Palace Historian that extends beyond just the King’s Library, the State Dining room, Throne Room and the King’s bedroom, which allows a lot closer look into a variety of precious artifacts. During this intimate and private tour, guests learn about the distinguished place of the monarchs in Hawaii’s history, along with how they impacted the world.
This exclusive tour ends at the Palace Galleries, where guests are allowed to view the stunning jewels along with a range of other treasures that make up the Royal Collection. There is also an exhibit that describes the precise and meticulous restoration of this landmark, along with continuing efforts to preserve and protect the site for generations of the future.