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'Iolani Palace

364 S King St
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii , 96813

Iolani Palace
Photo: D Ramey Logan 2011 License: CC BY-SA 3.0
The 'Iolani Palace was the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1845 to 1893. After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the building was used as the capitol building until 1969.
'Iolani Palace features architecture seen nowhere else in the world. This unique style is known as American Florentine. On the first floor a grand hall faces a staircase of koa wood. Ornamental plaster decorates the interior. The throne room (southeast corner), the blue meeting room, and the dining room adjoin the hall. The blue room included a large 1848 portrait of King Louis Philippe of France and a koa wood piano where Lili'uokalani played her compositions for guests.

Upstairs are the private library and bedrooms of the Hawaiian monarchs. It had electricity and telephones even before the White House.

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