Kamaʻāina Sundays


Kamaʻāina Sunday  | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ʻIolani Palace welcomes all residents to Kamaʻāina Sunday when guests can explore the Palace, immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture, taste ‘ono food, support local vendors, enjoy lively entertainment, and more. The free event is held on the second Sunday of every month.

Self-led audio tours will be available for the first 500 attendees. A valid Hawaiʻi State ID, Hawaiʻi driver’s license, or proof of Hawaiʻi residency is required for each complimentary ticket. One complimentary ticket per Hawaiʻi resident. Kamaʻāina are encouraged to come early!

Use the hashtag #KamaainaSunday when sharing your photos and videos for a chance to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram!

Kamaʻāina Sunday’s entertainment and workshops are supported by Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program.

2024 Kamaʻāina Sunday Dates

During the monthly event, kamaʻāina can take advantage of free audio tours of ʻIolani Palace, presentations, and activities. Each event will be themed around a topic highlighting a different aspect of Hawaiian culture.

  • August 11, 2024
  • September 8, 2024
  • October 13, 2024
  • November 10, 2024
  • December 8, 2024

View and download keiki activities from previous Kamaʻāina Sunday events here.

View & Download Keiki Activities

August 11 Activities & Entertainment

Our August 11 Kamaʻāina Sunday will showcase performances by Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios, Herb Ohta, Jr., Jon Yamasato, and Hula Hui ʻO Kapunahala. Cultural artisan ʻUmi Kai will hold a four-hour Niho ʻOki—a Hawaiian utility knife workshop. Onsite registration for this limited seated workshop begins at 8:30am inside of the Kīnaʻu gate (located on Richards Street).

We encourage our members to join us - check in at the Membership tent for members only opportunities including showing your digital membership card to receive a special gift, help with downloading your digital card, renew or join in person, and more. Check out the latest product collaborations at the Palace Shop and receive your 20% members discount on most items.

Kamaʻāina Sunday’s entertainment and workshops are supported by Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program.


  • Richard Street gate at ‘Iolani Palace will open at 8:30 a.m. on Kamaʻāina Sundays with activities and tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Self-led audio tours will be available for the first 500 attendees. A valid Hawaiʻi State ID or Hawaiʻi driver’s license is required for each complimentary ticket. One complimentary ticket per Hawaiʻi resident.
  • Free parking is available at the Civic Center Municipal Parking Garage (entrance on S. Beretania Street) and metered street parking is also free. Paid parking is available at Aliʻi Place on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the fee is $.50 / half hour, with a maximum charge of $3. No parking will be allowed on ʻIolani Palace grounds.
  • Guests will visit the first and second floors of ʻIolani Palace, which includes the staterooms and private quarters of the royal monarchs. The tour concludes with a self-guided exploration of the basement gallery exhibits showcasing the royal collections, restored Kitchen, and Chamberlain’s Office.

Mahalo to our 2023 Kamaʻāina Sunday Sponsors and Participants

The Friends of ʻIolani Palace extends a heartfelt mahalo to American Savings Bank for sponsoring the 2023 season of Kamaʻāina Sunday. Their kokua allowed us to bring back the popular tradition after a three-year hiatus.

We also thank the many hula halau, cultural practitioners, emcees, community organizations, and volunteers for helping to create memorable experiences for our guests.

Ala Wai Elementary School
Billy V.
Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council
Dean Wilhelm & Friends
Dillon Ancheta
Dr. Ron Williams
Dr. Sherri Ann Kaʻahanui
Gabrielle Ahuliʻi
Genki Ala Wai Project
Hālau Kawaiʻulaokalā
Hālau Hiʻiakaināmakalehua
Hālau ʻIolani
Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela
Hālau ʻO Nā Pua Kukui
Halau ʻO Napualaʻikauikaʻiu
Hālau Nā Mamo O Kealamailani - Kumu Hula TeHani Gonzado
Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu
Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice
Hawaiian Airlines Team Kokua
Helumoa, Royal Hawaiian
Honi Hala
Hui Aloha ʻĀina ʻo Honolulu

Kawika Kahiapo
Keiki Kaukau
Kimo Kahoano
KULA No Na poʻe Hawaiʻi - Papakōlea
Kuʻuipo Kumukahi
Kuana Torres Kahele
Lei Bar
Lopaka Kapanui
Makani Tabura
Mele Apana
Native Books Hawaiʻi
Office of Hawaiian Education
Parents and Children Together
Royal Hawaiian Band
Ulana ʻĀina
Ulana me ka Lokomaikaʻi
YCWP (You Call We Play)