Hulihe‘e Palace, Kailua-Kona

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#4 of 18 in Historic Sites in Island of Hawaii
Once a favorite vacation home of Hawaiian royalty, Hulihe‘e Palace now houses a museum displaying Victorian furniture and art from the era of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. Built in the 1830s of native lava rock, coral lime mortar, and koa and ohia timbers, the lavish two-story palace sits in the heart of Kailua-Kona, a historic community that once served as the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Severely damaged by an earthquake, the palace underwent a full restoration in 2009 and now offers limited tours to the public (which cost a modest fee). You can explore the palace grounds for free. The on-site gift shop sells handmade artwork and books about the region's history and culture. Take a look at our Kailua-Kona route builder website to schedule your visit to Hulihe‘e Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • October 2, 2017
    It is a very quiet place. Guide to Japan, figured out part of the history of Hawaii. The staff is great in front of the coast. Shop, there are original products worth a look is.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Under Palace one imagines something different than Europeans, but this former summer residence of the Hawaiian Royals is a nice, small museum. The exhibition features objects from the life of the Royal family. With a smile, you can see the extra sturdy furniture that was certainly necessary in the face of epidemics, some members of the family. The information will be supplemented as required by the volunteers love and professionally.
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  • September 29, 2017
    The Hulihe'e Palace is a wonderful place to visit. It gives you a glimpse of the Hawaiian history and culture. It is well maintained and a beautiful location. I found it to be very interesting. There ...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    Never been there but it is a part of Hawaii's Alii history. Going with members of Daughters of Hawaii made it memorable.
  • April 25, 2017
    Very interesting place to visit. When we were there, they were having native Hawaiian dancing on the grounds.
  • May 20, 2017
    A great exhibit of Hawaiian history. Knowledgeable docents.
  • October 28, 2016
    As a person who loves history and worked in an archives I can tell you this is one of the most beautiful well-thought-out positive places I've never been it's especially beautiful when the bands are playing and they are Hawaiian dancers doing the hula
  • March 5, 2017
    Nice touch of local history! Sit and watch the waves.

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If you wish to indulge yourself while on the Kona coastline of the "Big Island," book your stay at one of Kailua-Kona's fully furnished beachside villas, offering spa services, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. You can also try one of the coastline's luxury resorts, featuring tennis courts, fitness centers, and on-site activities like hula lessons and diving classes. Smaller hotels a short drive from the city may not offer beach access, but they provide plenty of privacy at a fraction of the cost of the area's big resorts.
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