The Friends of Iolani Palace invites visitors to come see the landmark by moonlight Monday and Tuesday.
Evening tours of the palace will be offered Dec. 28 and 29 in honor of the birthday of Queen Kapiolani. Tours will be given from 5:30-9:30 p.m., with the last tickets issued at 8:45 p.m.
The evening tours are the only opportunity for the public to tour Iolani Palace at night, as well as to take the famous koa staircase to the second floor.
To create an ambiance and atmosphere of court celebrations similar to those during the height of the Hawaiian monarchy, entertainment will fill the rooms, including soloists from the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of the Hawaii Opera Theatre performing in the Blue Room and hula performances in the Throne Room.
In the Upper Hall, Puamana, and Kuuipo Kumukahi and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders will sing songs written by Queen Kapiolani and Na Lani Eha, a name given to the four royal siblings – King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani, Prince Leleiohoku, and Princess Likelike – who were known for their talent at both composing and performing music.
Outdoor entertainment will feature performances by singer and former Miss Hawaii Desiree Moana Cruz, Halau O Na Pua Kukui led by kumu hula Ed Collier, Halau O Napualaikauikaiu led by Kumu Sallie Yoza, and Iwalani Apo.
And for the first time, both visitors and Friends of Iolani Palace members can reserve their tour times online to avoid waiting in line. Reserved times for the Queen Kapiolani Evening Tours can be booked at www.iolanipalace.org for $20 per person and includes a complimentary copy of the Iolani Palace guidebook.
Unreserved general admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free and all children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
For more information, please visit www.iolanipalace.org or call 808-522-0822.