Open: Tuesday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wheelchair accessible.
Tours: Guided, Audio and Gallery. Closed: July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.
Directions: Located in Honolulu's Historic District. From Waikiki, take bus #2 or #13, "School & Middle" or "Liliha." Get off at Alakea and Hotel Streets. Taxis are available from Waikiki.
'Iolani Palace, located in the heart of Honolulu's downtown district, was the home of Hawaii's last reigning monarchs. Built by King Kalakaua in 1882, the Palace served as the official residence and the center of the Kingdom's political and social life until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893.
The Palace is a registered National Historic site owned by the State of Hawaii and administered by The Friends of 'Iolani Palace. The Palace complex is comprised of four historic buildings: the Palace, the Barracks, the Coronation Pavilion and the Kana'ina Building. The Palace is an impressive late Victorian-style structure. This is the only state residence of royalty in the United States.
Following the overthrow of the monarchy, much of the contents of the Palace was sold at a series of public auctions that spanned a decade. A worldwide search has recovered approximately 4,000 of the estimated 10,000 missing artifacts. Placement of recovered objects in their original positions helps restore Palace rooms to their monarchy era appearance. Architectural restoration was completed in 1978. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Hawaii has contributed and continues to contribute, substantial funds toward the restoration of artifacts.
NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES