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Hulihe‘e Palace, Kailua-Kona

(4.3/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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. With our world travel planner, Kailua-Kona attractions like Hulihe‘e Palace can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Out tour guide was incredible. She brought the history of Hawaii alive for our three children. She told them the stories of the royal family and tried to make it make it relatable to them. A very nice...  more »
  • The palace is small but maintained beautifully. What made this visit great was the volunteer that told us about Hawaii's history. I wish I could remember her name, she was awesome! The cost of the tou...  more »
  • This is a fine, quick attraction, if you are into history. Only 6 rooms, so you are in and out in maybe 15 minutes. Judge for yourself if that is worth the cost. One concern with Kona and the palace i...  more »
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  • 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
  • We came to the palace at 3 50, the palace does not close until 4. We were turned away due to ''Closing". It is very unfortunate that people that work there could care less, and act as though we are being a bother.
  • Looks like an old home- hard to miss as you walk down the beach- it literally looks like an old beach home.
  • Very well kept. It is a very important part of Hawaii history. Worth the tour
  • My favorite summer home...love small beach, locals are chill, and just cross the street for liquid refreshments.