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Great Ways to Explore Hawaii’s Royal History on Your Next Vacation

Hawaii’s royal history is something every vacationer must explore on their trip to these great islands.

Unlike any other state in the USA, Hawaii used to be a monarchy. Remanents of its royal days can still be found all across the islands.

On your next Hawaii vacation, explore Hawaii’s royal history by visiting these incredibly majestic and historic monuments to Hawaii’s palatial past.

Queen’s Bath, Kauai

This tide pool, which is located near Princeville, is not the original Hawaiian Queen’s Bath. The original was located on the Big Island and was destroyed by lava flow in 1990.

Like the original, however, the sacred waters of this tide pool were intended only for the ali’i, that is, the hereditary line of rulers. However, today the pool is a tourist attraction and you don’t have to be royalty to relax in its rejuvenating waters.

Just be aware that the pool can be dangerous, especially when it’s very wavy, so take care when you are bathing.

Iolani Palace, Oahu

Iolani Palace is not only the only palace in Hawaii, but it’s also the only palace in all of the United States.

Construction on this beautiful building was completed back in 1882 and was originally the home of King Kalakaua and his wife Queen Kapi’olani. The palace also served as the home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani.

You can tour the palace or attend an event or concert here, it’s open most days of the week and offers a free visit on a Sunday once a month to Hawaii residents.

Kaniakapupu Ruins, Oahu

Once King Kamehameha’s hosted a luau to entertain more than 10,000 guests at this house in Oahu (close to Old Pali Road).

However, the harsh conditions of Oahu’s winds and humidity destroyed the house and now all that remains are the ruins.

While you may have to use your imagination here, the ruins of the old king’s house, which was built in 1845, are still impressive and are easily accessible for a visit.

Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, Oahu

This house in Oahu was originally Queen Emma Kalanikaumaka’amano Kaleleonalani Na’ea Rooke’s summer house.

Thought to have been built sometime in the 1840s, the Queen would use it to escape to cooler climes and to get away from the busy city of Honolulu.

Located in the Nuuanu Valley and surrounded by lush vegetation, the house has been kept in great condition and now offers tours and hula and ukelele classes.


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