Iolani Palace

November 4, 2008 by  
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A Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States, `Iolani 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 Lili`uokalani. During the monarchy period, the Palace was the center of social and political activity in the Kingdom of Hawai`i.

Though its grandeur was neglected after the overthrow of the monarchy, restoration began in the 1970s through efforts of concerned individuals. Restoration and preservation continues, and, as a result, today’s visitors to this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu enjoy one of the most precise historic restorations and learn much about Hawaiian history and heritage.

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  1. Peter Stroh on February 19th, 2011 2:48 pm

    Must read article in Feb. 19, 2011 Wall Street Journal (front page below fold) on Princess Abigail, descendant of royal family (Kalakaua) that ruled the former nation of Hawaii more than 100 years ago. Article speaks of Iolani Palace (circa 1882) in downtown Honolulu and the Princess’ quest to find and return its former furnishings to the now Palace museum. Great read. Kudos to the princess and Friends of Iolani Palace!

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