Honolulu Castles & Stately Homes
Located in downtown Honolulu, the Iolani Palace was originally built in 1882 by the late King Kalakaua, and then restored in 1969. The interior of the palace is adorned with European furniture that reflects Hawaii's old culture. The palace is open for tours between Wednesday and Saturday weekly with advanced reservations. On Fridays the Royal Hawaiian Band performs in the Kalakaua Cornonation Bandstand.
Queen Emma Summer Palace
Built in 1847, this restored home of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV provides a look into the lifestyle of the Hawaiian monarchy. View personal belongings of the royal family, household furnishing, Hawaiian artifacts and quilts. Group-guided and school tours are available, as well as special exhibits, arts and crafts demonstrations, audiovisual programs and Hawaiian quilting classes.
The Washington House was named in honor of the first United Stated President. The house was built in 1846 by John Dominis, whose son married the women latter known as Queen Lili'uokalani. After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, Queen Lili'uokalani retreated to Washington House and lived there until her death. Today the home is open for group tours.
Named in honor of King Kamehameha V, this historic home was completed in 1874. However, after the completion of Iolani Palace, this building was redesigned to house Hawaii's Supreme Court and Legislature. It is today the oldest government building in Hawaii and still continues to operate hearings in the original courtrooms.