Iolani Palace, Honolulu

Iolani Palace, Honolulu (must see)

Iolani Palace has the distinction of being the United States' only royal palace to be used as an official residence by an actual monarch. It is located in downtown Honolulu, and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Before the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893, Iolani Palace was a royal residence. It was used by both King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. When the Palace was no longer in use by the queen, it was used as a capitol building for the State of Hawaii until 1969. In 1978, the Palace underwent restoration, and was re-opened as a museum.

The area that Iolani Palace was built on was known as Pohukaina, a phrase which means “The land is calm.” It was part of the birthright of Kekauluohi, who served as Queen Consort to both Kamehameha I and II, and acted as Kuhina Nui (essentially a Prime Minister) of the Kingdom of Hawaii during the early to mid 19th century.

The building that sits on the grounds now is actually the second royal house to occupy the area. The first was a one-floor wooden building that consisted only of ceremonial rooms, not sleeping or living areas. The current building was commissioned by King Kamehameha V, to serve as a more modern royal palace inspired by the royal homes he had viewed on his visits to Europe.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday 9 am – 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Iolani Palace
Sight Location: Honolulu, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu   Honolulu's Architecture Self-Guided Tour  

Walking Tours in Honolulu, Hawaii

Create Your Own Walk in Honolulu

Create Your Own Walk in Honolulu

Creating your own self-guided walk in Honolulu is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Buildings of Honolulu Self-Guided Tour

Religious Buildings of Honolulu Self-Guided Tour

Religion in Hawaii is a mix of Christianity, Buddhism and native religions. This is the reason why diverse religious structures, such as shrines or catholic churches can be seen everywhere in Honolulu. Since 1820, the Christian missionaries and Chinese began to popularize their religion and traditions. Nowadays, the ancient Hawaiian religions have almost disappeared. Take this walking tour and enjoy the religious sights of Honolulu, both modern and historic.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Business District Self-Guided Tour in Honolulu

Business District Self-Guided Tour in Honolulu

The Central Business District is situated in Honolulu's downtown, between Bishop Street and Fort Street Mall. This area holds most of the subsidiaries of local companies. Also, it's Honolulu's skyscraper district. You can see popular sites, such as Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew and First Hawaiian Center. We invite you to take this self-guided tour and admire the Business District of Honolulu.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Cultural Tour of Honolulu

Cultural Tour of Honolulu

From ancient times, the cultural life of Honolulu has been diverse due to numerous influences. The Hawaiian islands are inhabited by more than seven ethnic groups. Nowadays, Honolulu is full of museums, art galleries and theaters that represent the 200-year history of the island. We invite you to discover the most popular cultural spots in Honolulu on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Pearl Harbor Tour

Pearl Harbor Tour

Pearl Harbor, a US deep-water naval base in Honolulu, made history in 1941 when came under attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service prompting the United States' entering World War II. Since 1964, Pearl Harbor has been declared a National Historic Landmark, featuring a number of military objects and installations turned-monuments. This self-guided tour invites you to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and to learn more about those days at Pearl Harbor.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu

Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu

Waikiki or Waikiki Beach is a beachfront area of Honolulu famed for its long rolling ocean break, ideal for boarding and surfing. Waikiki is also home to public places, such as Kapiolani Park, high-end resort hotels (Royal Hawaiian), and abundance of luxury brand stores concentrated on Kalakaua Avenue, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare. Once the playground of Hawaiian aristocracy, today Waikiki greets visitors from all walks of life. Take this self-guided walk and enjoy the delights of Waikiki Beach in a true Aloha spirit!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu

The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu

The Capitol District represents a historic area in downtown Honolulu. This civic center includes the biggest majority of governmental buildings at federal, state and city levels. The district is situated among Richards Street, Ward Avenue, Vineyard Boulevard and Nimitz Highway. Some of the largest buildings in the city are located here. Take this walking tour and enjoy the treasures of historic Honolulu.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km

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