Home Travel Hawaii Iolani Palace Tours Let Travelers Walk in the Footsteps of Hawaiian Royalty I love stories about kings and queens, and Iolani Palace (in downtown Honolulu), the official residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs — King Kalakaua and his sister/successor Queen Liliuokalani — was the setting for many
Work is underway at Iolani Palace to get rid of some unwanted visitors. Several local pest control companies, as well as a couple from the mainland, got together to donate tens of thousands of dollars worth of services and products to the palace each year. It’s a long-term effort to
Four pest control operators and two manufacturers are donating their services to Iolani Palace to assist with termite and pest repair indefinitely.
A national grant will be helping one of Hawaii’s most treasured landmarks complete some crucial repairs. Iolani Palace says they’re getting nearly $500,000 from the National Park Service and its partner agencies’ Save America’s Treasures grant. The money will go to completing repairs to the place’s roof.
“I realize I’m walking in the very steps of the king and queen,” says palace guardian Doug Levisnon.
“It’s critically important that we mālama, or take care of, the stories,” says Zita Cup Choy. An effervescent chronologist of Hawaiian history and culture, she is the historian at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, a mashup of Italian Renaissance style and traditional Hawaiian forms that King Kalākua had built in 1882
“People were saying, ‘The Palace would never close, they would never let that happen,’ but realistically we could have,” said Paula Akana, executive director of The Friends of Iolani Palace.
Who is considered the heir to the Hawaiian throne nowadays is contested. Some consider Quentin Kūhiō Kawānanakoa, grandson of Abigail Kapi‘olani Kawānanakoa, to be the heir as his is directly descended from Prince David Kawānanakoa through primogeniture.
After the death of Queen Lili‘uokalani in 1917 at age 79, plans to try to restore the monarchy waned and legal disputes for restoration and/or compensation offered no results. Prince Kūhiō, who has a Hawaiian state holiday named after him now, eventually became the Hawaiian Delegate to the U.S. House
Iolani Palace will add an additional day of operations for tours beginning June 1, officials announced today. Guests will be offered self-led audio tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, adding to other tour options currently available Wednesdays through Fridays.