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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 #9 of 47 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Description: Founded in 1838, this site is where the Hawaiian monarchy resided.
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Moses Lake, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I really wanted to enjoy this house. My family of four were "greeted" at the desk by a man who appeared more annoyed at our presence than welcoming. You're given a pamphlet and you basically tour the house on your own. If there was a guided tour, I have no idea when it was and the rude man at the... More

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Kihei
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This was a self guided tour of the palace, but there was a docent available to answer questions. The furniture was beautiful and massive! The original artifacts and pictures were outstanding. I would highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in Hawaiian history.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A former playground/retreat for Hawaiian royalty, Hulihe'e Palace has been authentically restored and is lovingly maintained by the Daughters of Hawai'i and their Calabash Cousins. Visitors for whom history matters (and everyone else) should not miss this.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I have wanted to see this palace each time we've been to Kona and we hit it one day while it was open. We paid extra for the guided tour, our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and provided us so much more insight to the artifacts and Hawaiian Royalty and history than we could have garnered on our own. After years... More

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Victoria, BC
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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The Hulihe'e Palace is a wonderful reflection of Hawaiian culture at the time of transition between being an independent nation and a territory. It is a palace only in that the royal family lived there and in many ways is just a very good example of a 19th Century large home. However, what I like about the Hulihe'e Palace are... More

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Portland, Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Informative self tour with good historical information about Hawaiian Royalty. Docents are friendly and knowledgeable..

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Worth a trip if you like history. It's literally a house. Once you see the size you'll get a better view, it's not quite the 'palace' as Cinderalla grew up in. It's a few dollars to go inside and explore. 30 minutes at most to walk around. While we were there, there were a group of people dancing to Hawaiian... More

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Ohio
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The house (palace) is beautiful and thankfully was saved and restored. It is furnished with some of the most impressive pieces I have seen in anywhere. Our guide was outstanding and did not hurry us, asked for and answered all questions. If the history of Hawaii and its people are of interest then you need to visit Hulihe'e Palace, listen... More

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Faribault, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I love touring the Hawaiian historical sites, as my family has been here for generations. The house is well taken care of, and just beautiful. I was extremely disappointed in the staff, however. The woman at the desk seemed annoyed at our very presence, and was the least helpful she could be. There's a different woman that gives tours, and... More

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Melbourne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

Tried to get a tour of the palace, but unless your a brash American, it's difficult to get noticed. The palace itself is small and well presented, and worth a look.

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