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.

Contact our Volunteer Department

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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