Still considered sovereign ground by many native Hawaiians, Iolani Palace is not only a historic site, but sacred as well. Built in 1879, the cornerstone was laid by King David Kalakaua himself. This Italian renaissance structure was made the home of the Merrie Monarch and his wife Queen Kapi‘olani. One of the more modern buildings in the islands at the time, the palace was the first to have electricity and a telephone. Later years found the palace to be the site where Queen Liliu‘okalani was held under house arrest during the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom.
For those looking to learn about the complicated history of Hawai‘i, I‘olani Palace is the perfect place.
Note: Reservations are required for the guided tours. Please call the number above.