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Oahu Insider Tip #2
Did you know that Hawaii is the only state in the US that had a royal monarchy?
Iolani Palace on Oahu
, in Downtown Honolulu, is the only royal palace on US soil. Here you'll enjoy the many historical and cultural treasures of Hawaii. Locals and visitors alike can visit the fascinating Hawaiian Hall at the
to learn more about Hawaii's royalty and the Hawaiian culture.
Queen Emma Summer Palace
located in lush Nu‘uanu Valley is only five miles from Downtown Honolulu and ten miles from Waikiki. This house has antiques and furnishings that stand in their original places, including the koa wood cradle of Prince Albert and gifts from his Godmother, Queen Victoria.
The Doris Duke estate
, Shangri La, was built in the late 1930’s. This was the home of Doris Duke - the wealthiest woman in the world during her time - and an American royal of sorts. Shangri La evokes the beauty and love that the heiress had for both Hawaii and the Islamic World with its sweeping ocean views, exotic gardens, and priceless collection of Islamic art.