Located on the aptly named King Street, ‘Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States that served as the residence of a ruling monarch. The Palace was the home of both King Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani. On December 29, 1962, ‘Iolani Palace was officially recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
Update (6/26/2016): Significant edits have been made to this post because of recent acts of vandalism and graffiti at Kaniakapupu. Please watch the video above, provided by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, for reasons why you should not do this hike. Mahalo.
Note: Kaniakapupu is a closed trail and is not open to the public. Only authorized groups are allowed to hike Kaniakapupu, including, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Civic Club. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairment] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Mahalo.
“Leave it alone. Don’t scratch it, don’t do anything to it, come with respect. Criminy sakes, I don’t know where you’re coming from, but this is not a graffiti palette to do your thing. This is important to a lot of people. This is important to the Hawaiian nation, yea. It’s just utter disrespect, utter disrespect. How does it make me feel? It makes me feel awful.” -Baron Ching, Vice-Chairman of Aha Hui Malama O Kaniakapupu
Please consider the above and elect to respect this culturally sensitive site by observing from a distance (through the photos already available online) or visiting with an authorized group with permission and a permit.