"Historic Iolani Palace" Palaces / Temples Tip by VeronicaG

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  Iolani Palace
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When the Iolani Palacer was completed in 1882, it was the 'architectural marvel' of its period.

Not only did it cost the vast sum of $360,000, but it boasted all of the modern conveniences of the day--indoor plumbing, telephones, electric lights and hot and cold running water--amenties the U.S. White House didn't have!

The palace was home to the last two Hawaiian monarchs, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. When the monarchy was overthrown in 1893 it was used as the capitol. In 1963, when Hawaii became a state and after a new capitol was constructed, restoration began on the Iolani Palace.

Docent, Richard McWilliams, conducted us through the palace on our 10:15 am tour. He noted the main stairway, created of Koa Wood and brought back to it's original beauty.

I was impressed with the Throne Room, whose upholstered thrones, though somewhat faded still bear their original covering. They were considered sacred once the royalty sat upon them!

The basement held the kitchen and an interesting display of royal artifacts, such as Kahili (royal feathered standards), ceremonial hair necklaces, vintage photos and the state China service.

pic #2 Guard barracks (1870), now ticket office, restrooms, etc.
pic #3 Children's Polynesian dance group
pic #4 The Royal Hawaiian Band

FYI: The Royal Hawaiian Band performs on the grounds each Friday from 12N-1:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Bandmaster Michael Nakasone is the conductor of this 35 member band. The Royal Hawaiian Band was founded by King Kamehameha III in 1836.

Reservations are recommended. No photography is allowed inside the Palace.

Address: Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: 808-522-0822
Website: http://www.iolanipalace.org

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2008
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