Aloha From Hawaii Newsletter
Hawaii's Iolani Palace
A Royal Welcome from Iolani Palace
Once upon a time in Hawaii Nei there was a royal palace with a merry monarch who threw terrific parties for guests who came from all over the world. There was spirited hula dancing, musical entertainment, lavish multicourse gourmet meals and lots of merrymaking fueled by fine wines and other spirits. Everyone was dressed to the nines. It was a real fairytale time.

That palace was Iolani Palace and the “Merrie Monarch,” as he was fondly known, was King David Kalakaua, one of the most fascinating personalities in Hawaii’s rich history. The building was completed in 1882 and the first grand party was held Feb. 12, 1883. It was a formal European-style coronation ceremony for the king. The enchanted times, unfortunately, lasted only one decade, culminating in the overthrow of the kingdom in 1893.
Iolani Palace Interior
Today the palace is the centerpiece of historic Honolulu’s Capitol District. With advance reservations, visitors can step back in time and revisit the fascinating final days of the Hawaiian monarchy under the rule of Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, who was living in the palace when the monarchy was overthrown. These were times of opulence, innovation and political intrigue, as the palace’s
Iolani Palace Bandstand
caretakers point out. The palace is surrounded by historic landmarks and free attractions that are open to the public, including the King Kamehameha Statue, Kawaiahao Church, Hawaii State Capitol and Hawaii State Art Museum. At least two hours should be allotted for a tour of the palace and the historic district. 
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