Iconic landmark to open on Friday, June 19 with adjusted days and hours

HONOLULU (June 8, 2020) – Iolani Palace has announced it will be reopening its iconic doors for tours starting on Friday, June 19, 2020.

“While we are eager to say ‘e komo mai’ once again, the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is our top priority and we are taking a phased approach to our re-opening,” said Paula Akana, Executive Director of The Friends of Iolani Palace. “Although we have modified our tours to ensure we follow social distancing measures, we will continue to provide a memorable experience for our guests. We invite our kamaaina to come rediscover an important chapter of Hawaii’s history and to learn more about the Hawaiian Kingdom, the monarchs who ruled from Iolani Palace, and the events that shaped today’s Hawaii.”

During the first phase of reopening, self-guided audio tours will available on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Additional days will be added in future stages as additional restrictions are eased.

In preparation for welcoming guests back, Iolani Palace has made the following changes:
Tours must be booked in advance online at or by calling (808) 522-0832
Temperature checks for all guests will be conducted prior to picking up tickets at the Barracks
Requiring the use of facemasks throughout the Palace
Installed automated hand sanitizers placed at all entry points for guests’ convenience
Reduced tour group sizes and limiting the total number of guests within the Palace, Shops and Basement Gallery
Placed social distancing markers and directional arrow throughout the Palace, Barracks, and Basement Galleries to allow for proper flow and social distancing measures
Increased frequency of cleaning high-touch and high-traffic areas, including door handles, hand railings, chairs, and restrooms

To thank the community for its support, Iolani Palace is offering special pricing for kamaaina and active military members at $11.95 for adults, $4.95 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for keiki 4-years-old and under. Additionally, they’ll enjoy 10% off purchases at the Palace Gift Shop.

About Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace is the only official residence of royalty in the United States. King Kalakaua was the first reigning monarch to travel around the world and built Iolani Palace in 1882 to enhance the prestige of Hawaii overseas and to mark Hawaii’s status as a modern nation. For more information, please call Iolani Palace at (808) 522-0822 or visit

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