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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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  • Touring the palace brings the Hawaiian history to life. The furnishings are exquisite and the knowledge of the staff is helpful in bringing the era to life. The grounds surrounding the palace are beau...  more »
  • It is too expensive for what you see. The view out the front of the house was nice. There really isn't much to say about the "Palace". I'd tell people to pass on this.  more »
  • This museum is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon learning about the history and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. Our guide, who was born on the Big Island, was very knowledgeable about the hist...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.