EDITOR’S NOTE: At the time of this post, the online reservation system is not set up for the evening tours.
Visitors will be able to view Iolani Palace by moonlight next month.
The palace will be open for evening tours on Dec. 28 and 29 in honor of Queen Kapiolani’s birthday, which is on Dec. 31.
Guests can take a step back in time and experience the palace as it was during the 19th century, adorned with decorations and filled with live music, as it would at King Kalakaua’s holiday soirees.
Soloists from the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of the Hawaii Opera Theatre will serenade guests in the Blue Room, and hula performances from Keauhou, Iwalani Apo with Michael Pili Pang and Halau Hula Ka Noe‘au will take place in the Throne Room. In the Upper Hall, Puamana, Kuuipo Kumukahi, and Kaiao and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders will perform 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 Ka Pili Mai, Halau O Napualaiikauikaiu led by Kumu Hula Sallie Yoza, Kumu TeHani Pimental and Sam Kaina.
Guests will be allowed to ascend the famous koa staircase, and view pieces from the Alii Gown Reproduction project in the Throne Room.
Evening tours will be available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night, with the last tickets issued at 8:45 p.m.
Unreserved, general admission costs $5 for all Friends of Iolani Palace members; and for non-members, $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 5–12, and children ages 4 and under are free. Tour times can be reserved online here for $30 per person. Tickets include a copy of the Iolani Palace guidebook.
Palace doors open at 5:30 p.m. Regular daytime tours will end at 3 p.m. in order to prepare for the evening tours.