‘Iolani Barracks Once Housed Royal Guard

Iolani Barracks

Halekoa, also known as ‘Iolani Barracks, is located on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace near the intersection of Hotel Street and Richards Street. The building was designed by a German architect and constructed from over 6,000 blocks of coral. It was completed in 1871 and housed the royal guard during the Hawaiian monarchy. The building was originally located on the site of the current Hawai‘i State Capitol. In 1965, in preparation for the construction of the capitol, the barracks was disassembled and reconstructed in its current location. Today, it is used as a ticket office and gift shop for ‘Iolani Palace. Write-up and photo by Associate Professor of History Douglas Askman, Ph.D.