Iolani Palace National Historic Landmark

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Iolani palace is the only royal palace on US soil. The palace grounds date back to the ancient Hawaiians where a heiau (temple) once stood. King Kamehameha III built his home here in 1845.

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The Kamehameha dynasty came to an end and King Kalākaua replaced Kamehameha’s residence with the larger and more elaborate Iolani Palace in 1882. Kalākaua was the first of Hawaii’s kings to travel extensively. He was influenced by Victorian England and other European monarchies in his plans for Iolani Palace.

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The lavish architectural style is considered American Florentine. The palace cost $340,000 to build…a huge sum at the time.

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As we toured the rooms with our guide Isaac, he…

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