Hawaii Vacations

Iolani Palace
Photo courtesy of Joe Solem


Iolani Palace

Completed in 1882, King David Kalakaua held many grand parties and festivities here at Iolani Palace, America's only royal palace. During this reign, Kalakaua installed modern upgrades such as plumbing, electric lights and Hawaii's first telephone to the palace. The last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, lived here but was also imprisoned at the palace after the Hawaiian government was overthrown in 1893. Hale Alii was the original name for the royal resident, which was renamed by Kamehameha V in 1863 in honor of late his brother, Iolani.