What’s Missing? You!

Volunteers have been a vital part of Iolani Palace for over 50 years, providing services that are invaluable to our day-to-day operations. During an average month, approximately 85 volunteers help to share Iolani Palace with over 100,000 guests from around the world. Their heartfelt, dedicated efforts play a critical role in preserving and perpetuating the palace for future generations.

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Docent Volunteers

King Kalakaua delighted in showing guests his beautiful modern palace. Today, our docents share the history of Iolani Palace, its sacred grounds, and the stories of the influential people who made an impact on Hawaii's history with modern-day visitors. If you have an interest and a desire to share information about Hawaiian history, as well as enjoy interacting with visitors of all ages and from all nations, please consider being a docent. Prior knowledge of Hawaiian history is not required.



Are you passionate about Hawaiian history and looking to share this passion with others? If so, consider volunteering with The Friends of Iolani Palace as a guardian. On Kamaaina Sundays, the Palace hosts special guardian training sessions for community members interested in volunteering in this special role.

Guardians serve as gracious hosts of the Palace, looking after both guests and docents while sharing the significance of the Palace with visitors from around the world. Guardian volunteers must commit to at least 12 hours per month (three shifts).


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Positions & Duties

Greeters (Ambassador of Aloha):
Welcome guests and share the spirit of aloha

Guardians (Steward):
Provide assistance for both docents and guests in Iolani Palace

Palace Shop (Floor assistant):
Assist guests with products

Clerical (Assistant):
Provide assistance for managers/supervisors with copying, filing and data entry

Interpret and share the history of Iolani Palace


  • Personalized training
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • Invitations to volunteer parties


  • Commitment of at least 4 hours per week for a 3-6 month period
  • Attendance at an orientation session
  • Agreement to serve with kindness, compassion humility and aloha

Seasonal Volunteer Program

Iolani Palace offers a seasonal volunteer program for high school, college students, and military, ages 15 and older. This program gives students/military an opportunity to volunteer in a range of different areas within the Palace, Barracks and Gift Shop and is excellent for those interested in Hawaiian studies and/or historical preservation.

Dates for the seasonal volunteer program:

  • Spring: March 20 – April 20
  • Summer: June 21 – August 26
  • Fall: September 20 –Nov 26
  • Winter: Dec 20 – Feb 20