Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States.
It was the home to two monarchs, the provisional government and remained a functional government facility until the late 1960’s. The current palace was remodeled in the 1970’s to be reopened as a historical museum. Though many people may believe this to be the original palace, the original one was razed nearly 100 years before the opening of the museum because the foundation had been badly damaged by termites. It was not even 20 years after this palace was built that the royalty who had lived there were evicted due to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.
Iolani Palace is the most beautiful structure in Hawaii.
The palace consists of the Grand Hall, Throne Room, Blue Room, State Dining Room, Private Suites. The Grand Hall connects all the other rooms and the upstairs which mostly consists of the royal family suites. The throne room was once the area of the palace used to entertain guests but after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy the room was used for Queen Liliuokalani’s trial. The State Dining Room was perhaps the most elegant room in all of the palace with every inch intricately designed. It was used to host dinners for the important guests of the palace. The Blue Room was used for relaxed company and entertainment. The Private Suites were for the royalty. These elegant suites included a library and Hawaii’s earliest telephone.
Reports of Iolani Palace being haunted.
Iolani Palace according to some maybe haunted. There have been reports by security guards hearing footsteps and shadows appearing when no one is around. Some have even reported seeing lights in the tower on dark nights when there is not a light there in the first place. On a few accounts there have been people who have witnessed Queen Liliuokalani in a black dress walking down the halls. These spooky accounts have been noted by the Iolani Palace security guards. In one of their logs the Queen’s private quarters where found unlocked with the door wide open after a mysterious piano played in the Blue Room. Sometimes visitors of the palace comment smelling cigar smoke inside the palace even though no smoking is allowed. It is true that Queen Liliuokalani smoked cigars before her death in 1917.
Iolani Palace is one of the most unique places to visit in the United States. For more information on visiting Iolani Palace visit their website.
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