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`Iolani Palace Sepia

`Iolani Palace was the official residence of King Kalakaua and his successor, Queen Lili`uokalani — and is the only royal palace on American soil. Built in 1882, it was neglected after the overthrow of the monarchy until the 1970s restoration was undertaken. Great efforts were made to find and exhibit the original furnishings — a task which continues today. You may also recognize the palace as the building containing the offices of the fictional Hawaii 5-0 investigation agency, from the television series of the same name.

The palace is now open to the public for tours. Do book your visit in advance because this is a very popular attraction.

The Friends of Iolani Palace organization supports, guides, and manages Palace activities, providing caring stewardship for this Hawaiian landmark and national treasure. It currently administers the Palace under a lease with the State of Hawaii. You can donate to help preserve this historic treasure by clicking here.

Photographer's note: This is more than just a sepia-toned version of a modern photograph. I have worked diligently to remove any traces of contemporary civilization — by eliminating cars, power lines, newer buildings, etc. The goal was to craft a photo that would be very similar to one taken more than 100 years ago. I love the look and I hope you do too.

Note: Fifty percent of the purchase price of this photo will be donated to the Friends of Iolani Palace.


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