You think visiting beaches, and you think Hawaii. You think visiting palaces, and you think Europe. But just as sure as you can sun on the beach in Europe (hi, Mediterranean coast), you can tour a palace in Hawaii.
Honolulu’s Iolani Palace was built for King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani in 1882 and served as their primary residence. It was also something of a party house (albeit a very large and very expensive one) for the king and queen and their VIP guests. (The king earned the nickname the “merry monarch” for a reason.)
Ironically, the palace also served as a prison for King Kalakaua’s sister, who succeeded him to the throne after he died in 1891. Four years later, having relinquished her title, Queen Liliuokalani was arrested and jailed in a second-floor bedroom. (Which, though harsh, isn’t as bad a fate as that of some of Europe’s monarchs – like, say, Marie Antoinette in France.)
Indeed, in terms of storied history and sheer ostentatious displays of wealth, Iolani Palace rivals that of many older, well-known establishments on the continent. Its two floors, with their many different rooms, as well as the palace’s sprawling, sacred grounds, which are said have been an ancient worshipping site, make for a fascinating and beautiful day trip.
So, while enjoying Hawaii’s sandy shores is a must for any visitor, so is visiting this royal jewel.
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.