The first and second floors of the Palace have been meticulously restored and are open to the public for guided tours.
The first floor consists of the public reception areas - the Grand Hall, State Dining Room, Blue Room, and the Throne Room. The second floor consists of the private suites - the King's and Queen's suites, Music Room, and the Imprisonment Room, where Queen Liliuokalani was held under house arrest for a little under eight months following the overthrow of her government.
The following provides a description of a sampling of the rooms that can be visited on the tours.
(The above photo of Iolani Palace is from Hawaii State Archives, Photograph Collection, PP-10-7-022)
State Dining Room
Queen Kapiolani’s bedroom was originally furnished with mahogany furniture and red curtains and upholstery. Many of the pieces in both her room and King Kalakaua’s were sold in a series of auctions that were held to pay off debts after the King’s death and the overthrow of the monarchy and are still being sought after today.