last week’s trivia: Where is the only place in the United States that has a royal palace?
If you guessed Honolulu then you are right on the money. Iolani Palace in Honolulu is the only royal palace to remain on U.S. soil. It is now a natural history landmark that attracts tourists from around the globe. Here you can visit the throne room, state dining room, library, music room, Queen Lili’uokalani prison chamber and much much more. The royal palace was completed in 1882 with the monarchy ending only 10 years later. Hawaii although annexed to the U.S. in 1989 didn’t become a state until 1959. Between its time of splendid royal living and its restoration in 1969 it was used as a government building and museum. It was finally restored to its full glory that you can visit today in the 1980s. King Kalakaua and wife Queen Kapi’olani were the last reigning monarchs to live in the palace from 1882-1893. King Kamehameha unified the Hawaiian islands and established the monarch in 1796 and by 1820 established the Hawaiian Kingdom. In 1845 honolulu became the King’s permanent capital, thus the location of the royal palace. King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi’olani who had no children lived in palace and truly brought the opulence of royalty to their beautiful home. The royal palace had electricity, even before the White house, a telephone, intercom system, dumbwaiter, flushable toilets and much more. Which, was truly unheard of for the time.
Visiting this historical and beautiful location is a great excursion for your next Hawaiian adventure. If you are interested and would like to learn more about the only palace in the United States please visit www.Iolanipalace.org and feel free to call one of our Hawaii experts at 920.236.7777 who would love to set up this great getaway for you.
This week’s Trivia Question: Which Country covers the most time zones?