Built in 1882 by Hawaii's last king, David Kalakaua, this stately three-story building is a real treat to tour. After the ... More
Built in 1882 by Hawaii's last king, David Kalakaua, this stately three-story building is a real treat to tour. After the overthrow of the King's sister Queen Liliuokalani in 1893, the structure served as the territorial and state capitol until 1969. The Palace Galleries showcase jewels and regalia from the days of Hawaiian royalty.
A must see! Go early in the day before the tours fill up.
Friday noon the Royal Hawaiian Band plays free.
The tour is worth the ticket price but I think it a bit too much
A beautiful building inside and out.They have done an amazing job of restoration. Docents are knowledgeable.
Now has a jewely collection in the basement. Small giftshop.They are strict on admitting kids-which is a GOOD thing. Downside, no photos inside the building.
My pet peeve. Was the fictional hq of Hawaii Five-0. Production company donated $$ for the restoration. Now they steadfastly refuse to acknowledge this on the tour. Rationale is it doesnt apply to the royal family, which is ture. But it does appply to the building.
While in the area see the Capitol and judiciary museum across the street. Also one at HPD. Those are free.
This is a can't miss destination in Honolulu. The grounds and building are beautiful (even though you can't take pics inside). The staff is friendly and seem to really enjoy their jobs! Many of the furnishings are original!
I enjoyed the history and the beauty found within the Palace, but availability to view the Palace is quite limited. This is more for the adult than it is for those with toddlers since many items are not to be touched and you must wear protective booties within the Palace.
LOOKING AROUND THIS PALACE YOU'LL GET A REAL FEEL ON WHAT HAWAIIAN'S CULTURAL LIFE WAS. TRULY THIS IS A PROUD LOOKING PALACE, IT IS A SYMBOL OF THE PAST WONDEROUSLY BUILT WITH PRIDE WITH PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP SEEING IT MAKES ALL THE DIFFRENCE TO YOUR TRIP TO HONOLULU.
I went on a walking tour of the city by myself on my first visit to the island. I came upon the palace and wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to see. However, it was a great way to learn about the history of the King's and other royals of the island. The palace itself is beautiful and charming. The staff were great and there is even a small gift shop to find a momento to take home. If you are into history and bypassing some of the commercial aspects of the island this is a very interesting idea.
We enjoyed touring this palace of Hawaiian royalty and learning about them and that period of Hawaiian history. Beautiful building and grounds. It only takes about two hours to do it all, and it was easy to take the bus from our Waikiki hotel. Also visit the small church built of coral in the same area.
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