Today I put on my tourist hat and went to visit `Iolani Palace. Our apartment building is surrounded by all of these historical buildings/landmarks/churches/etc…`Iolani palace is one of them. It sits about two blocks from where we live and is the only royal palace in the United States.
A little history: The palace was completed in December of 1882 and King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi`olani officially moved in. The palace became the center of social and political life for the Kingdom of Hawaii. After the king’s death in 1891, he was succeeded by his sister Queen Lili`uokalani. A few years later, a provisional government was formed and the monarchy was overthrown — organized and carried out by the American Minister to Hawaii and a group of Hawai`i born citizens of American parents, naturalized citizens and foreign nationals. In 1895 Queen Lili`uokalani was arrested, forced to sign a document relinquishing her claim to the throne and suffered through a trial resulting in a $5,000 fine and imprisonment in an upstairs bedroom of `Iolani Palace. In 1993, President Clinton signed a Congressional resolution formally apologizing to the Native Hawaiian people. In the 1960s, after years of abuse and neglect as a government headquarters, restoration began on the palace. In 1978, `Iolani Palace opened to the public.