Iolani Palace

Impressed with the palaces he saw during his world tour, King Kalakaua ordered the building of Iolani Palace. Designed in an “American Florentine” style, the four-story palace would host parties, state functions, and ceremonies and would run electricity before the White House.

On December 31, 1879, Kalakaua laid the palace’s cornerstone in a ceremony. Read about the palace’s beginning in “The New Palace.”

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2 Comments on “Iolani Palace”

  1. […] the ceremony, at least 2,500 people gathered around Iolani Palace, which was bedecked by American flags over Hawaiian flags, and special guests sat on the two-story […]

  2. […] electric light to Hawaii. Even the White House wouldn’t have electric lights for years after Iolani Palace, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, was […]


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