Iolani Palace


About Iolani Palace


Inspired by European architecture, the Iolani Palace is a testament to the sophistication and modern outlook of Hawaiis sovereignty: the palace featured light bulbs just seven years after Thomas Edisons initial invention. The palace interior houses hundreds of Hawaiian artifacts, from the Queens jewelry to invaluable portraits of King Kalakaua and more. Just across the street is the Ali’iolani Hale, the King Kamehameha the Great Statue, Kawaiahao Church, and Honolulu Hale.


Built in 1881, the Iolani Palace was mainly used as a royal residence and main court of Hawaiis government. Flushing toilets, hot water tanks, electricityall these amenities filled the rooms of Iolani Palace even before the White House had them! When the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown, the Provisional Government auctioned off all unneeded furniture. To date, the organization Friends of Iolani Palace have recovered a large portion of these objects, but not all.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: This is a drive-by location, no stops.
  • Insider Tip: Iolani Palace often hosts free concerts on the lawn!
  • Fun Fact: Hawaiis Coat of Arms reads Ua mau ke ea o kaaina I ka pono, or The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
  • Pop Culture: Hollywood film Princess Kaiulani was filmed here and portrayed the life of the princess who once resided in Iolani Palace.
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