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The Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs — King Kalakaua and his successor, Queen Liliuokalani — lived at the Iolani Palace in the late 1800s. You'll marvel at the ornate architecture and furnishings in this meticulously restored monument.
Iolani Palace is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Located in Honolulu's capitol district, this regal structure and National Historic Landmark was home to the Hawaiian Kingdom's two final monarchs. The palace was built in 1882 by King Kalakaua. His sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, resided at the palace until the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893.
King Kalakaua was a well-traveled man, earning respect as the first monarch to circumnavigate the globe in 1881. His desire was to create a palace that would rival those in Europe and signal Hawaii's place as a modern sovereign state. He incorporated the most up-to-date technology into Iolani Palace, including indoor plumbing, incandescent lighting, and telephones.
This beloved landmark showcases the 19th-century grandeur of a unique architectural style known as “American Florentine” and features a grand hall and piano, both built of koa wood. Iolani Palace was also used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government Republic of Hawaii until 1969. It was opened to the public as a museum in 1978.