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Iolani Palace Tours

Iolani Palace
The United States’ only official royal palace, Honolulu’s painstakingly refurbished Iolani Palace holds stories of Hawaii’s royal past. Queen Lili‘uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, ruled from—and then was imprisoned within—these walls. Browse ornate gifts to, and portraits of, the Hawaiian royal families, plus artifacts from their reigns.

The Basics
You can opt for guided or self-guided tours of the American Florentine-style palace, including the throne room and dining room; hear stories of the lavish royal functions that took place here; walk the palace’s expansive grounds; and see the royal jewels, including swords and crowns. 

Many historical and cultural tours of Oahu include visits to Iolani Palace, including other must-sees such as Pearl Harbor, with added cultural context. Waikiki hop-on hop-off bus and trolley tours stop at the palace. Admission to Iolani Palace is included with the Go Oahu Card.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Iolani Palace is a must for those interested in Hawaiian history and culture.
  • Reservations are required for guided tours, and walk-ins are welcome for self-guided tours. Both tours run between 60 and 90 minutes.
  • Children under 5 years old are free, and must be in an infant carrier or safely strapped into a palace-provided stroller.
  • The palace is considered a sacred place by locals, and guests are asked to dress appropriately. Shoes and shirts are required for entry; swimsuits and profanity on clothing are not permitted.
  • Large bags, luggage, food, drinks, flash photography, video recording, tripods, and selfie sticks are not permitted.
  • The entire palace complex is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Only manual wheelchairs are permitted; guests who would like a free loaner wheelchair should reserve one in advance.

How to Get There
Iolani Palace is located in downtown Honolulu, about 5.5 miles (8.8 kilometers) from Honolulu International Airport. It is easily accessible by car and bus from Waikiki and other parts of Oahu. Street parking is very limited, and there is a parking garage nearby.

When to Go
The palace is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, with the last entry at 3:30pm. The Royal Hawaiian Band presents free concerts on the palace grounds most Fridays at 12pm. Other live music and special events take place at the museum throughout the year; check the website for updates and schedules.
 
Historic Honolulu Walking Tour
Located in Oahu’s historic center, Iolani Palace is walking distance from the State Capitol, Chinatown, the golden King Kamehameha I statue, the Hawaii Art Museum, and other historical landmarks. Many outfitters offer historical walking tours of the area, which provide a deeper understanding of the state’s political and cultural history.
Address: 364 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA
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40 Tours and Activities to Experience Iolani Palace

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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

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Discover Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and/or Waikiki on a 1-, 4-, or 7-day hop-on hop-off tour and see all the top attractions at your own pace. Step aboard a double-decker bus or open-air trolley to pass the capital city’s best restaurants and shops, historic sites and renowned scenery. Choose from multiple routes, marveling at Diamond Head on the Green Line or the beautiful Hanauma Bay on the Blue Line. Upgrade to include all of the lines on your ticket.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial City Tour

Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial City Tour

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The Pearl Harbor National Memorial is one of O'ahu's top attractions and draws large crowds of visitors daily. Instead of waiting in the ticket line for hours, join this private tour that takes you directly there before continuing on to other Honolulu landmarks, including the Hawaii State Capitol and Iolani Palace.
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  • 4 hours
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$99.00
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Go Oahu All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions and Tours

Go Oahu All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions and Tours

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Make the most out of your trip to paradise with the Go Oahu Pass, available for 1- to 7-day use over the course of two weeks. This Oahu pass offers free admission to over 30 attractions, beach activities, and tours—all to be enjoyed at your own relaxed pace. You’ll also receive discounts to local restaurants and shops, along with a free pocket guidebook. No redemption is required with your pass, just save your pass (ticket) on your mobile device and explore Oahu at your leisure. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 7 days
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Pearl Harbor: Arizona Memorial, Honolulu City & Punchbowl Tour

Pearl Harbor: Arizona Memorial, Honolulu City & Punchbowl Tour

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See Honolulu’s top attractions on this tour which includes skip-the-line entrance to Pearl Harbor. Travel by air-conditioned coach as a guide narrates the history behind all of the important sites that you pass, such as the USS Arizona Memorial and the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery. Afterward, explore downtown Honolulu, making Be dropped off back at your Waikiki hotel after your tour has concluded.
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Private Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

Private Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

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The line to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor starts forming at the crack of dawn and, due to high demand, there are often more people in line than tickets available. However, you can skip the line and hassle by booking this private guided tour. After visiting the memorial, accompanied by your guide, your excursion continues with a tour of downtown Honolulu, visiting such attractions as Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha statue.
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Oahu Tour: Pearl Harbor, Dole Pineapple & Polynesian Cultural Center

Oahu Tour: Pearl Harbor, Dole Pineapple & Polynesian Cultural Center

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With its mix of historic sightseeing, local culture, and Hawaii's natural beauty, this Oahu Tour is perfect for travelers that want to see more of this island paradise in just one day. As you cruise the scenic North Shore of Oahu, you can enjoy must-see sights, like the USS Arizona Memorial, Dole Plantation, historic Haleiwa Town, and Sunset Beach Park. With a guide, easy transportation, and even a barbecue lunch included, this tour is perfect for experiencing Oahu's top sights.
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  • 10 hours
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Pearl Harbor - Arizona Memorial & USS Missouri

Pearl Harbor - Arizona Memorial & USS Missouri

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Visit the battleship USS Missouri and explore WWII history at Pearl Harbor with this entrance ticket. Relive the infamous morning of December 7, 1941 as you browse the exhibit galleries that display pictures and recovered items. Watch a short film explaining the fateful day and its significance followed by a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place of the ship's crewmen.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Historical Honolulu Bike Tour

Private Historical Honolulu Bike Tour

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Explore Honolulu on a half-day bike tour that provides an insider's look at the vibrant city's history, beaches, and sights. See street art in Kaka'ako park, taste fresh Hawaiian fruits in Chinatown, go up the Aloha Tower for the views, and discover the monuments around the Hawaii State Capitol, including the royal Iolani Palace. Your informative guide provides a bike and helmet, fascinating commentary throughout the leisurely tour.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona and Hawaiian History Tour

Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona and Hawaiian History Tour

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Avoid crowds and the long lines to enter one of O'ahu's most-visited landmarks. This small-group tour (maximum 15 people) takes you to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. While visiting the somber sites you will learn all about the events of that infamous day. On the way back, you'll stop at sites important to the history of Hawaii.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Combination Tour

Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Combination Tour

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Discover Oahu’s top attractions on a 5-hour guided tour of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu. Led by a local guide, you’ll visit the USS Arizona Memorial and learn the history behind the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. Then, head through downtown to see the King Kamehameha Statue, the State Capitol and the Iolani Palace, the only royal residence on American soil. Transported by air-conditioned coach, you’ll experience the best of the island on this comprehensive adventure.
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  • 5 hours
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Oahu Shore Excursion: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

Oahu Shore Excursion: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

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While in port in Oahu, soak up the island’s rich history and culture on this tour of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu. Begin your excursion downtown, where you’ll visit the King Kamehameha Statue, the Punchbowl National Cemetery, and the Iolani Palace, the only royal residence on American soil. Then take the navy launch to see the USS Arizona Memorial, a significant tribute to the many lives lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your pier or the airport.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Bike Tour of Historic Honolulu

Bike Tour of Historic Honolulu

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Explore the history of Honolulu and Waikiki on two wheels and see places missed by many visitors on this guided bike tour. In a small group of no more than eight people, pedal to palaces, memorials, and filming locations for classic movies while your guide provides insight into each. You’ll cover more ground than on foot and travel at a relaxed pace over mostly flat bicycle lanes, paths, and quiet streets.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Honolulu Scavenger Hunt: Royal Views Of Honolulu

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Half-Day Arizona Memorial and Bowfin Tour in Honolulu

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The Deluxe Tour includes the free USS Arizona Memorial program, the use of a smartphone that includes the USS Arizona Memorial narrated tour, and exclusive access, via your smartphone, to the National Park Service’s WWII archives and videos on the attack at Pearl Harbor at each of the narrated tour stops. This tour includes admission to the Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center, where you will experience “Walk the Deck of the USS Arizona Before the Attack," “Witness the Attack on Battleship Row,” and “Experience the USS Arizona Memorial" via virtual reality technology. All equipment is provided, with VR staff available to assist you. USS Bowfin (SS-287) is a fleet attack submarine that fought in the Pacific during WWII, and helped to make famous the term, “Silent Service.” Bowfin was launched on 7 December 1942, exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger, so it is fitting that her permanent home is at Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i.
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  • 6 hours
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Pearl Harbor - WWII Ultimate Passport

Pearl Harbor - WWII Ultimate Passport

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Passport to Pearl Harbor Tours includes Visitor center, admission to all activities such as, USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, and Park, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Turn back time as we explore WWII history at Pearl Harbor and relive the infamous Sunday morning of December 7, 1941. A visit to the visitor center and the accompanying “Road to War” and “Attack” exhibit galleries that display pictures and recovered items from the events which transpired at Pearl Harbor and WWII. Then, watch a short film explaining the fateful day and its significance. Followed by a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place of the ship's 1,177 crewmen. • The most visited attraction on Oahu Island • Enjoy 8 Hour tour from Honolulu • Visit some of Hawaii’s most popular & landmarks • Small group ensures personal attention • Guaranty Skip the line
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  • 8 hours
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Best Of Pearl Harbor: Complete Experience From Maui, Kauai Or Big Island

Best Of Pearl Harbor: Complete Experience From Maui, Kauai Or Big Island

This is a small group tour. Max 12 guests. Includes flights to and from Maui, Kauai or Big Island of Hawaii. This is the most comprehensive day tour of Pearl Harbor that allows you to experience and explore everything! It’s almost like turning back the clock to that very day. You’ll visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the world-famous stark-white structure that straddles the great, sunken battleship, a tomb for over 1100. Also on this tour, you will get the opportunity to see the USS Battleship Missouri and the very spot where the Surrender Documents were signed to mark the end of WWII. Then we’re off to the Bowfin Submarine and the always amazing Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Planes of all ages, types, and sizes are here, as well as several bullet holes from the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It was this single attack, on American soil, that rallied the people behind FDR and brought the US into WWII… where we would face America’s greatest challenge to date.
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  • 10 hours
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Best Of Pearl Harbor: The Complete Small Group Tour Experience

Best Of Pearl Harbor: The Complete Small Group Tour Experience

This is a small group tour. Max 12 guests. Calling all WWII history fans! Pearl Harbor Tours’ most comprehensive day tour of the Park allows you to experience and explore! It’s almost like turning back the clock to that very day. You’ll visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the world-famous stark-white structure that straddles the great battleship. On the first day of the war, it suffered catastrophic damage, becoming a tomb for many. Also on this tour, you will get the opportunity to see the USS Battleship Missouri and the very spot where the Surrender Documents were signed to mark the end of WWII. Then we’re off to the Bowfin Submarine and the always amazing Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Planes of all ages, types, and sizes are here, as well as several bullet holes from the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It was this single attack, on American soil, that rallied the people behind FDR and brought the US into WWII… where we would face America’s greatest challenge to date.
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  • 10 hours
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Full-Day Tour Historical Sites of Hawaii with Pick Up

Full-Day Tour Historical Sites of Hawaii with Pick Up

This tour will take you to the historical sites of Hawaii. Come with us and learn the history of Hawaii and see the Iconic places around the Island.
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  • 7 hours
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$119.00
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Kapili Tours Circle Island Oahu Tours

Kapili Tours Circle Island Oahu Tours

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KaPili Tours is locally grown and owned  and offers full day tours (7:30am- 4:30pm) that circle the island of Oahu, stopping in to share the views and knowledge of the food, land, culture and magical spirit of Oahu. See the real Hawaii from the locals.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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Historical Downtown Honolulu Running Tour

Historical Downtown Honolulu Running Tour

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Get your heart pumping with a 1.5-hour running tour through downtown Honolulu. Follow your local fitness enthusiast guide past the Aloha Tower, the King Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace and the State Capitol. Stride through the downtown Financial District as well as the quickly changing Kakaako neighborhood. Learn about the diverse city's culture and history while you run a loop of approximately 4.5-5 miles (7-8km) over mostly flat terrain.
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  • 2 hours
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Custom Island Tour - Private Luxury Tour

Custom Island Tour - Private Luxury Tour

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Experience the best of Oahu on this customizable private tour. Build an itinerary from over 30 possible activities and attractions. Visit surf beaches, pineapple fields, and macadamia farms. Watch whales or giant sea turtles in their natural habitats, and stop by local food trucks for fresh shrimp or colorful poke bowls. Capture the moment by purchasing a souvenir video with drone footage when your tour concludes.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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ONLY TESLA Island Tour in Hawaii - LUXURY Custom Private Tour

ONLY TESLA Island Tour in Hawaii - LUXURY Custom Private Tour

Only TESLA Tour in Hawaii! Ride with style AND help the environment. Only DanielsHawaii offers private customized tours in a luxury $100,000 Tesla. Explore beautiful beaches, see hawaiian wildlife at turtle beach, taste local food at the North Shore food trucks and make new friends in Hawaii along the way.  Free pick you up from your Waikiki Hotel, the harbor or the airport. You set the start time and enjoy our 6 or 8 hour tour on Oahu with a professional driver and guide. The luxury TESLA runs fully electric, has lots of power, helps the environment and is just fun to ride in. DanielsHawaii Tourguides are well trained, can share a lot about the islands and the history - or we can just shut up and drive you wherever you like to go.  We customize the tour for your needs.
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2 Tours 1 Price - Pearl Harbor & Circle Island Tour

2 Tours 1 Price - Pearl Harbor & Circle Island Tour

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2 tours 1 price - Pearl Harbor Tour & Circle Island Tour. Save 10% with this bundle! Two tours on seperate days! Small Group Tours (max 14 guests) Take your time and explore Pearl Harbor on one day and the beautiful island of Oahu on another. Pearl Harbor: We here at DanielsHawaii think rushing through the museums at Pearl Harbor does not do it justice. The Pearl Harbor museums are worth spending time at. We recommend to purchase the Audio Guide on site to make your Pearl Harbor Visit whole. Circle Island: Set up your Circle Island tour on a different day. The 6-7 hour Semi Private Small Group Tour is perfect to explore the most popular and most beautiful spots on Oahu. Enough time to take pictures, relax and enjoy the paradise our guides call home. We are happy to share stories, facts and ALOHA with you. Please contact us to set up the dates for your tours with us. We are looking forward to showing you the beautiful island of Oahu.
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  • 2 days
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Private Circle Island Tour

Private Circle Island Tour

This is a private and customized tour. If it’s not on the list then you can add it on if it’s legal lol.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.00
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