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Hulihe'e Palace

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Hulihe‘e Palace is located in historic Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i, on Ali‘i Drive. Once a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty, today Hulihe‘e Palace is a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapi‘olani.
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75-5718 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1702
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 22, 2014

We like learning about the history of Hawaii when we visit the state, so a visit to Hulihe'e Palace in Kona seemed fitting. I would definitely recommend taking the guided tour as it makes it much more interesting and it really comes alive. You can...More

8  Thank lwew
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed December 30, 2014

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...More

3  Thank LaChatNoir
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Reviewed yesterday

There are only realy 4 rooms with landings but the rooms have lots of historical artifacts. We spent an hour or so looking round. The staff were helpful

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 4 days ago

The palace is lovely and the views around it spectacular at sunset. The grounds are very well kept as is the palace itself.

Thank Gamine1949
Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn’t a museum, but a former governor’s palace with some nice artifacts. There is a fee, but can’t recall just how much now, but not expensive. Right in downtown Kona on the tourist row. A historic church is right across the street that is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good place to learn about the Kona area history. We went the third Sunday of the month and there is a free concert and hula demonstration. Check out their website. Get free concert and dance.

Thank Carl G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The palace interesting with artifacts and photos from different generations of rulers. I was happy it was there because I am very curious about Hawaiian history, which seems to be glossed over at most tourist spots with the exception of the Puuhonua o Honaunau National...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of the Hulihe'e Palace. The docent was very knowledgeable about the history of the ancient Hawaiian artifacts which are housed here as well as the history of the 19th century Hawaiian royalty. I was particularly impressed...More

Thank TravelingGoGi
Reviewed October 8, 2018

This palace shows an important part of Hawaiian history. It is beautifully located on the water in Kona. Be prepared to take off your shoes before entering - the floors are meticulously maintained. You may wander around at your own pace and there are docents...More

Thank jayzeeDE
Reviewed October 3, 2018

This is right in downtown Kona and worth a visit. Knowledgeable docents on hand, a glimpse into the lives of some of the royal family. Beautiful view of the water out back.

Thank empressellen
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This Palace is right along the main street Alii and it has a fascinating history. You SHOULD take the tour. It is very interesting.

Thank Dawn S
Reviewed October 2, 2018

To tour this palace it cost $10 a person... That is insane. I would have happily paid that for the 2 of us but that is ridiculous

Thank Christine M
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December 9, 2017|
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Response from KLE2013 | Reviewed this property |
We did not have a guided tour. Instead we followed the written brochure and relied on the docents who cheerfully answered questions and provided fascinating historical information. Take your time, enjoy the palace and the... More
February 2, 2016|
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Response from Pete S | Reviewed this property |
It is very close, certainly less than a half mile and probably less. We stayed a little south of Hulihee palace and walked to the pier many times. Lots of stores and restaurants on the way.
November 2, 2015|
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Response from Mommikara | Reviewed this property |
It was $6.00 for each senior and 4 people in our group. Yes, your shoes must be removed but they have paper booties for you to wear while inside. This was in summer. (2015)