So what is the Iolani Palace you ask? It stands as the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy that has been beautifully restored. The National Historic Landmark sits in downtown Honolulu and is a stark contrast to the surrounding high rises of bustling city life. I really enjoyed visiting the house, even if we couldn't go inside to tour it. I was struck by how many residents of Honolulu were lounging on the grass of the grounds, enjoying the historic home, and how it has a very cherished place to this day in city life. Built by King Kalakaua in 1882, it was also home to his illustrious successor, Queen Liliuokalani and stands as the only royal residence in the United States. Let's take a peek inside, starting with the Grand Hall, source, source
The Throne Room, source, source
The Blue Room, source
The Music Room, source, source
The Dining Room, source:
King's Library, source:
If you're interested in the restoration process of this house, their curatorial department kept a blog in 2010 with some informative posts.