I went to the downtown area of Honolulu on a Sunday so the Palace was closed but it is lovely from the outside - next time I will go when it's open!
The palace is certainly worth the visit (having only one day of our cruise in Honolulu we chose to “honor” the heritage of the Hawaiian peoples instead of the modern military history). The palace has a number of really interesting rooms (room where Liliʻuokalani was kept “imprisoned” after the Wilcox revolt, the throne room, and the yellow music room being favorites). The self paced tour uses an electronic device that allows one to listen to extras (music and more information about a topic). We did not know that we could have brought our better and more comfortable headsets and just plugged into to the device. The tour through the house with a few of the “extras” selected and review of the exhibits in the lowest level of the home took about an hour. We did the tour on a weekday in December and there were not many people in the house but we still had to wait a bit for the small elevator to go from the 2nd floor back to the 1st so patience helps. The exhibits on the ground floor included pictures of the popular king and visitors to the palace including Robert Louis Stevenson as well as a history of the remodel of the palace from a state office building back to a Victorian era home.Helpful hint – take 5 or 10 minutes to read some of the history of the reign of David Kalākaua, Liliʻuokalani and the Wilcox rebellion prior to the your visit to better appreciate what you are seeing. You do have to slip on foot covers over your shoes. Staff was all pleasant and helpful. We got to the site right when it opened and still had to wait quite some time for our tour, and used that time to explore the statehouse and a Christmas Tree display at city hall.
夏威夷未被美国入侵时，是一个主权独立而臣服于美国的一个小小王国。有国王、女王，当然也有皇宫啦。而 Iolani Palace，就是岛上唯一，甚至美国境内唯一的皇宫。皇宫前，为了纪念女王 Queen Liliʻuokalani 而竖立了一个铜像，让世人知道，夏威夷女王的威水史。小小皇宫，不算华丽，但设计是深受欧洲既建筑风格影响。我们因时间关系，同要收钱既关系，没有入内了。我们在外面拍几张照片之后，就再向下一个景点进发。
I was really glad we took this tour, really well done and very interesting history here. Plan on and hour and half and enjoy the outside as well. Friday evening they have live music on the grounds.
Excellent tour with staff. As a historian I appreciate their care of the valued treasures by having everyone put bootys over their footwear during the tour. My walking headset was low on batteries so it stopped working half way through the tour pricing for tour very well priced
Such a beautiful place filled with history and grandeur. Learning more about the monarchy and seeing the beautiful palace was a highlight of my trip. Seeing how they were overthrown ( illegally) was painful and angering.