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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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Founded in 1838, this site is where the Hawaiian monarchy resided.

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Love this tour! What a beautiful building and so full of history. You're not pushed through in a hurry.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Petaluma, California

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Petaluma, California
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love this tour! What a beautiful building and so full of history. You're not pushed through in a hurry.

Thank BarbDunaway
Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This two-story structure was the home of 19th century Hawaiian kings and queens. Portraits and old photos, along with many examples of home furnishings and clothing, are featured. If that is of interest to you, or you have an interest in the Hawaiian monarchy, be sure to check the palace out. My husband had several questions about some of the... More 

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Portland, United States
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved hearing about the history of the royal home and family. Beautifully restored; a real treasure to the community.

Thank Leslie J
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Taking a guided tour of the palace was the very first thing we did after breakfast on our first full day on the island. What a treat! Our guide was born in HA and she gave us a wonderful history lesson while taking us around the palace. She was patient with our questions and spent a lot of time with... More 

Thank Southerner
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a history buff (like I am) here is a place to find out more about the fascinating history of Hawaii. Seeing the structure and all of its artifacts and furnishings is great but I would advise paying a little extra and take the guided tour. The guide helps you step back in time when paradise was coming of... More 

Thank NPC3
Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not Buckingham Palace, but it has housed royalty. Especially if you have the guidance of one of the knowledgeable docents, this quiet place will help you understand the sometimes tragic history of the Hawaiian royal family. The palace contains artifacts, furniture, memorabilia and the whiff of a lost world. Outside, the town shouts about tee shirts, boogie boards... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gracious and knowledgeable docents. We appreciated the preservation of local history. The home is magnificent, and the furniture is elegant and beautiful and definitely of another era.It is hard to imagine wearing heavy Victorian clothes in a tropical climate.

Thank PDXSW2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid about $10pp to snag a top rate tour guide at this site. He was very knowledgeable and tailored a tour to our interests and time frame. The stories of the Kamehameha clan and extending relatives are tragic, exhilarating, and inspiring. All the Koa furnishings and beautiful. Definitely worth a few bucks and a few minutes of your time.... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this gem while wandering. Small but amazing history and delightful to figure out the history of these islands. Talk with the guides....they fill in the details so enthusiastically. Glad we went

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Babbitt, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting Self-guided tour with furnishings and artifacts from Hawaiian royalty. Since it only took about 15 minutes to walk through, I thought it was a bit overpriced at $8.00 each though. Also, I was a bit surprised that they asked me, a 61-year-old, to get rid of the gum I was chewing. I wouldn't have been likely to stick it... More 

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