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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great to be able to just walk right up and tour such a wonderful historical site. The docent was very knowledgeable and quite entertaining as we toured the palace. It is worth taking the tour.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nancy R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The docents do a good job of explaining the history of HI and things on the actual property. This is one of those walk to it places as there is no parking available.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BeachCalifornia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a truly unique place in Hawaiian history and if you like history, this is the place to visit. It is restored, but in need of a new major restoration. The docent (Billy) was awesome and knows his history well. We spent over an...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LakeTahoeMike
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Oh, the lush, beautiful grounds.....and the ocean view......with a stone pen to contain fish that are washed in during high tide. What a way to discover how Hawaiians have been able to fish and feed themselves over the centuries! My wife found a handful of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tuc7k
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit to the palace was greatly enhanced by the knowledgable chap in the entrance hall. There were no tours because of staff shortage but since it's such a small palace that didnt really matter. Our visit gave us an excellent insight into the history...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Susan M
Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

Located close to the pier and in walking distance to plenty of shops and restaurants, this former vacation home of Hawaiian royalty was converted to a museum showcasing furniture and artifacts. $10 to get in and can be done in 30 min. Really informative and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ailton007
Reviewed January 1, 2019

One of the palaces used by King Kamehameha and of the classic architecture of the late 1700s and early 1800s. We only walked around the grounds because the palace was closed when we were walking by -- but there was a ukelele concert going on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank faniman95376
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

$10 tour that is worth $5. No photos inside. You cannot wear you shoes in but they do have shoe slippers if you have a medical reason you have to leave you shoes on.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank A2559CHchrisc
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

This is a small museum featuring early Hawaiian history and artificates. While it is self-guided tour, they do have a docent guided tour a of couple times a day. It is not handicap accessible.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 624MikeP624
Reviewed December 27, 2018

Loved our quick tour of this summer palace. A lot of original family pieces remain on display. The house is simply yet elegant. Doesn't take long to walk through and the volunteers have great knowledge.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amanda 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)