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Hulihe'e Palace

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Address: 75-5718 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 808-329-1877
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Description: Founded in 1838, this site is where the Hawaiian monarchy resided.

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Royalty lived here.

Princess Ruth lived here and if you visit you'll get the feel for how the royalty lived. Right along Ali'i Drive, the Palace is easy to find, and you will find the docents... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Oahu's Windward Coast, Hawaii
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Oahu's Windward Coast, Hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Princess Ruth lived here and if you visit you'll get the feel for how the royalty lived. Right along Ali'i Drive, the Palace is easy to find, and you will find the docents extremely knowledgeable and willing to give you a visit that you will long remember. I am a Hawaii resident and never tire of learning about Hawaii and... More 

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Middx
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This is not a very big palace and there is a charge to go in, it was built in 1838 and you learn a bit about royalty on the trip although you are not allowed to take photos and you must remove your shoes.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Learn a bit of Hawaiian History when visiting the Palace. It is right in the heart of Kailua near the bay. After visiting the palace you can walk and relax on the grounds. The grounds will give you an excellent view of the bay. Must see!

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Warrenton, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We got lucky and visited on the Sunday of the month when they have their afternoon at palace musical Performances. The Merry Monarchs sang for us and women did Hula for several of the songs. It was a real treat

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to Hulihe'e Palace. I happened to arrive just as a tour was beginning, so for an extra $2 I decided to jump in with them. If you decide to go I'd suggest doing the same, it seemed like there was minimal info for those doing the self-guided tour. It was a nice history lesson about Hawaii's... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The museum is small but packed with the Royals furniture, paintings and personal effects. The craftsman ship was exquisite! Lots of history and the upstairs curator was very helpful in explaining some of the culture etc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

You don't get many chances to tour a palace on US soil. Hulihe'e Palace is nice and small, just a couple of rooms upstairs and down. We enjoyed the artifacts on display. I found the inlay work on the furniture most impressive, the feathers and the like less so. Beautiful location, sorry the balconies were off limits. A big ukelele... More 

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mims florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This palace deserved a guide or audio guide as it has quite of lot to interest , but neither a docent nor audio were available. Nor are you meant to take pictures indoors which is ridiculous , and the restrooms have keys which have to be returned. However we enjoyed the location on Bay, the grounds, and contents of a... More 

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Auburn, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The docents are always excellent as they tour you through the summer Royal Palace. We have taken the tour many times, when friends are visiting, and there's always something new to see and/or learn about -- it's fundamental to understanding Hawaiian history. It is not handicap accessible however.

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a wonderful glimpse into Hawaiian history. The docents are very knowledgeable; however, it is also possible to just walk around on your own. Two stories and only way to get upstairs is using the stairs, which might be limiting for some people. Senior discount, but it isn't an expensive tour.

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