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Royal Relic

This ornate palace was the official residence of Hawaiian royalty established by King David Kalakaua. King Kalakaua and later Queen Liliuokalani, his sister and successor, walked the halls of this palace until they were overthrown in 1893, when the USA took over the government of Hawaii. Shortly afterwards, the reigning queen was imprisoned in an upstairs room in the palace. It now stands as the only official state residence of royalty in the United States.

Architecturally the palace is European in style, influenced by King Kalakaua's own European travels, and was the height of luxury in its day. This palace featured the island's first electric light system and modern plumbing, including flush toilets. The ornate furnishings, dramatic royal portraits and an absolutely beautiful, gleaming staircase made of koa wood are all well worth seeing. Perhaps most interesting is to learn a bit about the history of the island, its rulers and its people prior to its incorporation into the USA as the 50th state.

Open in Google Maps: 364 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813

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