‘Iolani Palace

The ʻIolani Palace, located in the capitol district of downtown Honolulu, served as the royal residence of the  Kingdom of Hawaii, beginning with King Kamehameha III in 1845 and ending with the overthrow of the monarchy under Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1893. Afterwards, the building was used until 1969 as the Hawaiian capitol, at first for the Provisional Government, and then the Republic, Territory, and finally U.S. State of Hawaiʻi. In 1978, the palace was restored and opened to the public as a museum. It is also the only royal palace on American soil.

In January 1993, a massive observation was held on the grounds of the palace, which was draped in black, to mark the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Then in April 2008, the palace was  peacefully overtaken by a group calling themselves the Hawaiian Kingdom Government to protest, was what in their view, the illegitimate rule by the United States.

An exterior view of the Palace was frequently shown on the original Hawaii Five-O television show, suggesting that it hosted the offices of the fictional state police unit featured on the show. It was also later portrayed as the headquarters of the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney in the TV series Jake and the Fatman.

  • Viewed: Jan 2002
  • National Historic Landmark: 1962
  • National Registry of History Places: 1966

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