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

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
Honolulu's Architecture Self-Guided Tour

Honolulu's Architecture Self-Guided Tour

Downtown Honolulu is a treasure trove for those, who seek the nineteenth century architectural gems. The district is full of historic buildings showcasing a distinctive Hawaiian style. This style is characterized by a mixture between Western influence and local culture. We encourage you to take this tour and discover the most significant buildings of Honolulu.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 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
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
Honolulu's Harbor and Coastline Tour

Honolulu's Harbor and Coastline Tour

Honolulu's Harbor is the main historic seaport of Hawaii. It is called Kulolia or Ke Awa O Kou, by native Hawaiians. It is situated on Mamala Bay and was the area that contributed most to the urbanization of the island. This self-guided tour will take you all the way down from Honolulu's Harbor to the Ala Moana Beach, and along Honolulu's beautiful coastline.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 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

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