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Hulihe‘e Palace, Kailua-Kona

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Monument Historic Site
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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  • the museum stuff were super wonderful. the gentleman was a pool of knowledge. he described a good chunk of history about the weapons, pots, native trees, clothing and important hawaii culture. the his...  more »
  • After years of walking past the palace we finally decided to take a tour. We already knew the history but needed to kill some time. I wish we would have done it sooner!!! Seeing how beautiful it is in...  more »
  • We did not have time to take a tour (unfortunately), just used their brochure and "toured" ourselves. Very interesting.  more »
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  • Never been there but it is a part of Hawaii's Alii history. Going with members of Daughters of Hawaii made it memorable.
  • Very interesting place to visit. When we were there, they were having native Hawaiian dancing on the grounds.
  • A great exhibit of Hawaiian history. Knowledgeable docents.
  • 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
  • Nice touch of local history! Sit and watch the waves.

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Where to stay in Kailua-Kona

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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