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Iolani Palace was constructed between 1879 and 1882. The main body of the palace forms a substantial rectangular mansion. The front facade is two stories, 140 feet long and 54 feet high with a tower in the center and one at each end. Each tower is capped by a square campanile. Iolani Palace is significant for its associations with the Kingdom of Hawaii. Iolani Palace was the royal residence of the last two rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. As such it is perhaps the most important surviving symbol of the days of Hawaiian independence. Exotic in architecture, it demonstrates the tastes, cultural aspirations, and the cosmopolitanism of the Hawaiian ruling classes under the monarchy.
This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.