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Hulihe‘e Palace, Kailua-Kona

Categories: Monuments, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 480+ 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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  • The Hulihe'e Palace is on Ali'i Drive in Kailua-Kona and is an attractive building on a lovely site next to the shoreline. It isn't a magnificent and grand edifice, but it is impressive and the manicu...  read more »
  • Really worth your time especially if Billy is there as your tour guide. He is a Florida transplant who came to surf and fish over 30 years ago then never left. He is very knowledgeable and has a very ...  read more »
  • Well worth a visit to see where the last few Hawaiian monarchs lived. While the brochure is informative, if possible, try to get a guided tour. The anecdotes told and shared insight into what your are...  read more »
  • My favorite summer small beach, locals are chill, and just cross the street for liquid refreshments.
  • Very well kept. It is a very important part of Hawaii history. Worth the tour
  • Looks like an old home- hard to miss as you walk down the beach- it literally looks like an old beach home.
  • Hulihee Palace Interesting : Michelin's recommendations 2* "Hulihee Palace was built in 1838 by the island's governor, John Adams Kuakini. Made of lava rock and coral mortar, the house served as the summer home of Hawaii's ali'i (royal family). You'll see beautiful koa furniture and 19C artifacts on the guided tour. Try to plan your visit during one of their frequent concerts of Hawaiian music and hula, typically held at the palace the last Sunday of the month (call for schedule). 2
  • A great place to learn about the history of the Alii of Hawaii. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly and you go away with a greater appreciation of the Hawaiian history and culture.
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