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Hulihe'e Palace

Address: 75-5718 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 808-329-1877
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Ranked #11 of 53 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Founded in 1838, this site is where the Hawaiian monarchy resided.
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Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Founded in 1838, this site is where the Hawaiian monarchy resided.

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Coleman, WI
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Docent was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic promoter of Hawaiian history. Worth the extra cost to have a docent led tour.

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Ogden, UT
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Plan on staying at least an hour to hear all the interesting history of this place, its inhabitants and contents. Beautiful pieces of furniture and very interesting hearing the history!

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Hilo, Hawaii
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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A rare opportunity when visiting Hawaii Island to step into the palace that housed that last kings and queens of Hawaii. There are photographs, furnishings, and people to talk story. Right on the ocean, where you might expect royalty to choose to spend their nights listening to the whales and high surf in winter, the soothing ocean in summer. Back... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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255 reviews 255 reviews
37 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautiful but modest, as are the Hawaiian people themselves, this palace was built to be the home of a native Hawaiian governor. Originally built out of lava rock and then stuccoed over to create smooth white walls, the home includes interesting architectural elements (interestingly, no kitchen, was there really none or was it in a basement we didn't see?) and... More 

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USA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I can only imagine being here in the day. Beautiful woodworking on the inside and an un-believable location.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If you have the time I suggest you take the guided tour. The guides are very knowledgeable and provide information not available on the self guided tour. I was fortunate enough to get a private tour as it was not very busy when I went.

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Kailua Kona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Took our relatives who were history buffs to Hulihee Palace. They learned a little about Hawaiian history and Kona. Beautiful wood work throughout the Palace.

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Indiana
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Our party of six visit Huhile'e on a guided tour. The woman at the front who sold us the tickets was very friendly and gave us the option of guided or self-guided. Honestly, I'm not sure of the advantage of the guided tour. We went to all the same rooms and people who were self-guided could just linger in a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is a small museum, but there is real koa-wood furniture that was made for the Hawaiian royalty. It is so beautiful! Very interesting to look at. Definitely worth a stop-by.

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Webster, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We enjoyed the Palace and being able to get a glimpse into the royal lives. The furnishings were very intricate and beautiful. It was decorated for the Christmas holidays. We paid for the narrated tour and were glad we did.

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