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Iolani Palace

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The mission of `Iolani Palace is "To preserve, restore, interpret, share and celebrate the unique cultural, historical and spiritual qualities of `Iolani Palace and its grounds for the benefit of native Hawaiians, the people of Hawai`i and the world." The former Palace was used as the seat of government from 1893-1969. More than seventy-five years of wear and tear in a marine environment had taken their toll. Termite damage was extensive. Linoleum and inferior paint covered walls and floors, illuminated by fluorescent lighting. A group of concerned citizens and descendants of the Royal family, headed by Mrs. Lili`uokalani Morris, grandniece of King Kalakaua, united to encourage the preservation of `Iolani Palace as a historic house museum. Not only did they succeed in saving the Palace, but they were awarded custody of it by the State of Hawai`i. Ten years and six and a half million dollars later, the Palace was restored close to its former glory and guided tours began in 1978. Nearly 4,000 of the more than 10,000 original objects from the Palace have been located and returned to their former home. After more than 30 years of outstanding effort, `Iolani Palace stands today as a superlative example of a historic restoration and as a monument to the past and a legacy to future generations of Hawai`i.
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What We Do

During the days of the Hawaiian monarchy, when `Iolani Palace was the social center of the Kingdom, the Royal Family was world renowned for its gracious hospitality. Today The Friends of `Iolani Palace continue the tradition and open the Palace to visitors from Hawai`i and around the world, for tours and educational opportunities.

Guided Tours are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am-10am and Friday, Saturday: 9am-11:15am;Tours enter every 15 min

Audio Tours are conducted Monday: 9am-4pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:30am-4pm; Friday, Saturday: 12pm-4pm; Tours enter every 10 min

A pre-recorded audio guide to these two floors, their furnishings, and the compelling history behind this National Historic Landmark provides context for what you see. Follow this with a visit to the basement gallery exhibits.

The pre-recorded audio recording is 45 minutes in length and is available in English, French, German, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish. Tours enter the Palace every 10 minutes.




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Address Information
364 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Office Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-4pm
Contact: Cindy Ascencio
Contact Title: Guest Services Manager
Phone: (808) 522-0821
Fax: (808) 532-1051
Email: volunteer@iolanipalace.org
'Iolani Palace is located in the downtown Honolulu on the corner of King Street and Richard Street.
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