‘IOLANI PALACE / Looking to have an afternoon fit for a king? Enjoy the peacefulness of downtown on a Sunday afternoon and learn more about Hawaii’s monarch by visiting ‘Iolani Palace. The palace holds Kamaaina Sundays, where admission is free for anyone who has a valid Hawaii state ID and military personnel who can show proof of local residency. This historic site is considered a national treasure because it’s the only official residency of royalty in the United States. Cindy Ascencio, the volunteer coordinator at ‘Iolani Palace, suggests that visitors who come to Kamaaina Sundays, get there as early as 7:30am, as free admission is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Fourteen guided tours are scheduled throughout the day or visitors can go on an audio tour of the palace. Ascencio encourages visitors to also enjoy the palace grounds by having a picnic on the pristine lawn. If you have group of 10 or more, contact ‘Iolani Palace to reserve a guided tour. Another perk of Kamaaina Sundays is that parking is free.
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‘Iolani Palace 364 S. King St. First Sundays 9am–2pm [www.iolanipalace.org] 522-0822