The Iolani Palace is not only a beautiful architectural specimen, it’s also a critical cultural stop. Between Honolulu’s government buildings and the glass towers of the financial district sits Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. The royal building was built by King David Kalakaua in 1882. Before the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom, it served as the magnificent residence—as well as the social and political headquarters—of Kalakaua and his sister, Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last monarch. The National Historic Landmark has been painstakingly restored to reflect its original grandeur, and walking through the magnificent halls and grand rooms gives you a tangible sense of what majestic life was like. The docent-guided tour is outstanding and worth the $20 price of admission.
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