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Walking Tour of Historic Honolulu


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'Iolani Palace
'Iolani Palace, Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii

'Iolani Palace, Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii

Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com

An excellent place to begin a walking tour of historic Honolulu is at the ʻIolani Palace. ʻIolani Palace was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs - King Kalakaua, who built the Palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliʻuokalani.

The ʻIolani Palace in Honolulu is the only royal palace located in the United States.

Neglected after the overthrow of the monarchy, restoration began in the 1970s through efforts of many concerned individuals. Restoration and preservation continues, and, as a result, today's visitors to the palace can enjoy an ongoing historic restoration and learn much about Hawaiian history and culture.

A docent-guided tour costs $21.75 for an adult. Hawaiian residents and military with ID pay $16.75. Children/Youth (5-12) pay $6. No children under 5 are admitted. Tours are offered every 15 minutes Tuesday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and Friday & Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

A 50 minute self-guided, pre-recorded audio costs $14.75 for an adult. Children/Youth (5-12) pay $6. Tours begin every 10 minutes on Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; and Friday & Saturday from 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.

The Basement Gallery Exhibits are open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For those who do not wish to take one of the tours, there is a separate $7 (adult) and $3 (child) admission charge to visit the basement exhibits.

Tickets for all tours are obtained at the nearby ʻIolani Barracks. The Palace is closed on Sunday and Monday.

ʻIolani Palace is located in the Capitol District of downtown Honolulu at the corner of King and Richards Streets at 364 South King Street, Honolulu. There is limited metered parking on the grounds and on nearby streets.

Parking is also available at numerous lots downtown and at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. The best was to reach downtown from Waikiki is on The Bus, Oʻahu's public transportation system.

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