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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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Jupiter, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Staff was very informative and helpful. We have gone to several museums on our trip about the hawaiin royalty so the information in the history was not new. But the house itself was pristine and it was nice to hear little tidbits from a he staff about the artifacts. Worthwhile. It's not like a palace that you would expect but... More

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North Carolina
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259 reviews 259 reviews
84 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This museum provides a good historical overview of Hawaiian royalty with plenty of artifacts from the most recent royalty. I took the guided tour, and the guide took the time to provide a more detailed talk about the royal family and the Kona area after the tour. He gave the extra talk on the porch upstairs, which is the closest... More

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Kona-Hawaii
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful palace on the bay. Belong to Hawaiian Royalty. It is worth going in and learning the culture and seeing the artifacts and architecture. Go onto the lanai and sit on the wall and enjoy the fantastic view. There is also a book store right next door.

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California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Historical building, now a museum. king Kamehameha's summer retreat, beautiful beach front location, often festivities, parties take place in their lovely garden area where you can feel the ocean spray, nominal fee for visit. It gives you a perspective on a different time period. it is a small building, won't take very long for the tour, worth the visit.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This nicely kept facility is a relaxing way to learn about Hawaii's past history. Well maintained displays and beautiful ocean front setting.

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Manila, Philippines
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114 reviews 114 reviews
37 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The palace is actually a residential house once occupied by the royalties. It is just a two-storey house but very well maintained. The guide is very knowledgeable and she was ready to answer any questions we had. It was a good experience to learn and understand the history of the island and take a look at artifacts preserved for modern... More

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Beaumont, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It is definitely worth the visit to see the ancient artifacts and beautiful wood carvings/furniture but if you have any questions, watch out! The tour guide lady didn't seem to nice. I don't know if it was because she had another tour scheduled after ours or if she's just tired of her job. She rushes through the tour and doesn't... More

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Yorba Linda, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Really fascinating, the furniture in the palace is spectacular on it's own. Our docent shared so many details of the Hawaiian royalty's history that we were unaware of. Highly recommend.

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Bakersfield
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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