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Iolani Palace

Visitors can experience a historical Hawaiian royal residence and get an insider’s view of how the royal family lived. The Palace’s interior is decorated with priceless art and antiques and is filled with a sense of lived-in style. The palace grounds include a historic armory, the State Archives building and royal burial sites. It is located at 364 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813.  A great place to also visit

The opulent 19th century home of the last Hawaiian monarchs is now a museum and offers tours and exhibits. The grounds are particularly beautiful and every Friday, the Royal Hawaiian Band plays on the grounds. The tour is a must-see when in Hawaii. Visiting the palace is one of the most unique stops in Honolulu.

The palace was built by King David Kalakaua in 1882 and used by the Hawaiian king and his wife Kapiolani. When Liliuokalani was elected as the next monarch, she used the palace as her home. However, in the late 1880s, a group of American businessmen plotted the takeover of the Hawaiian Islands. This resulted in the US military helping the Americans to place Liliu’okalani under house arrest, enabling her to abdicate her powers to protect her loyal protectors.

The Iolani Palace is the only authentic royal palace in the United States. It is located at 364 S King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. It also houses the Bishop Museum, a part of the Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The museum preserves the stories of Hawaii’s first inhabitants and its ruling Hawaiian monarchy.

There are a variety of tours that include the Queen’s Chambers, the Throne Room, the Blue Room, the State Dining Room, and several private suites. The tour starts with the back entrance of the palace, where you can wait for instructions to explore the palace’s interiors. From there, you can walk through the main gallery of the palace, which features paintings of the royal families. You can also see the kitchen and various prep rooms.

The history of the Hawaiian kings can be traced to the Kamehameha dynasty, which ruled the Hawaiian islands from 1795 to 1819. While there are no direct descendants today, the legacy of the Kamehameha I dynasty is still visible throughout the islands.

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