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Hulihe'e Palace

75-5718 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
808-329-1877
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Ranked #11 of 50 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Description: Founded in 1838, this site is where the Hawaiian monarchy resided.
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Bakersfield
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

There was a docent available but we were a bit strapped for time so only listened to her introduction which was excellent. The Palace is filled with history and made one realize how much Hawaii had changed in the last century.

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Oviedo, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Saw a beautiful hula on the back porch. The weather was perfect & the waves were crashing. Such a romantic place to sit with a loved one & listen to the beautiful music. Never got to see the inside, but enjoyed al the outside very much!

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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149 reviews 149 reviews
30 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had some extra time before going to the airport and really wanted to visit the Palace. We arrived too late to get a docent tour, so decided to do it on our own. The artifacts, and furniture are all original and very beautiful. While we were on the second floor looking at the pictures of the Royal Family, one... More

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Fort Worth
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This palace is small and can be viewed in a short time. The doors, floors and windows are well taken care of (and you remove your shoes before entering). The furniture is mostly ornate and unique. I feel the admission price is too high, but everything in Hawaii is expensive, so it's probably not out of line.

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I dropped in on a whim, and I'm glad I did. The setting is beautiful, and although the house is modest, the furnishings are very beautiful. There is a lot of gorgeous koa wood inside, and the furniture and artifacts are lovingly crafted from local materials. Best of all is the knowledgeable staff, who will happily discuss whatever questions you... More

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Tampa, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
9 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Enjoyed so much touring the palace and learning from the tour guide all about the Hawaiian royalty. We learned so many facts about Hawaii which we never knew before and the setting for the palace is beautiful. You could almost imagine what life was like during the timeframe families lived there.

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Temple City, California, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The artifacts of furniture, cultural items, and the building itself are worth seeing. The admission fee is low and worth the coat.

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Tucson, AZ
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Hulihe'e Palace is easy walking distance from Kona Seaside Hotel. If you want to get a taste of Hawai'ian history, this will give you some good information. Next door is a gift shop and we were lucky enough to see a hula class getting instruction on the porch!

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California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
70 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The house is quite interesting and the views from the porch and front lawn are amazing. Unless you get a docent tour, you can be done with the whole thing in about 15 minutes. You won't be allowed on the porch on the second floor unless you are with the docent (for good reason, the railing is very low). I... More

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chicago
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Love the history of the monarchy of Hawaii. Very pretty place as well! Very peaceful and beautiful right on the water.

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