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Iolani Palace, Honolulu Hawaii

'Iolani Palace is located in the capitol district of Honolulu, Hawaii and is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. 'Iolani Palace is the only Royal Palace used by a reigning monarch on American soil. Two monarchs reigned from the palace, King Kalakaua, and Queen Lili'uokalani. After the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893, the palace was used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory, and State of Hawaii until 1969.

King Kalakaua:

The palace was restored and opened as a museum in 1978. During the reign of King Kalakaua, he ordered the older palace razed and a new one to be built befitting the monarch of the modern era. King Kalakaua was the first Hawaiian monarch to travel the world. The cornerstone of the new palace was laid on December 31, 1879, and completed in November 1882 at a cost of over $340,000. The unique architecture is not to be found anywhere else in the world and is called “American Florentine.”

The grand hall on the first floor faces a staircase of “Koa” wood, and ornamental plaster decorates the interior. The throne room, the blue meeting room, and the dining room are all adjacent to the grand hall. Upstairs contains the private library and bedrooms of the Hawaiian Monarchs. The Palace was outfitted with both electricity and telephones even before the White House in the US capitol.


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