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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 yesterday

the only royal palace in the United States - a rare glimpse into the history of Hawaiian royalty, and well worth a visit if in Kona (on the big island)

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank manisfeld
Reviewed 4 days ago

The historic palace is an interesting way to introduce yourself to the often sad history of Hawaii, where God, greed and glory too often had their way in the past.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank HarperE
Reviewed 4 days ago

We toured the “vacation home of the island royals.” The guides were so kind and shared lots of facts and interesting stories of the royal families, The furniture is quite ornate and unique. One piece even has Masonic symbols on it. If you like history,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mmpay2go
Reviewed 4 days ago

I like looking in old buildings and hearing histories, so I enjoyed browsing through Hulihe'e Palace. It is well-kept, the guides know their stuff and are happy to answer questions or fill in the blanks. I even found answers to some questions I had about...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Michele J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great place to go and learn some Hawaiian history and customs. The home is beautiful but not overly large. It has the potential to be a quick tour. The staff are very knowledgeable of the history of the home and the items in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank christinemichalski
Reviewed 6 days ago

I have to admit that we tend not to visit historical museums, feeling when you've seen one, you've seen them all. And we didn't visit the interior here, preferring to spend our funds on other attractions and activities. But we did walk the grounds and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank writeonOntario
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured the palace a number of years ago, and it was time to go back again. There are tours, but we went through on our own, and there was a docent there to answer questions. Well worth your time to see the building, furniture,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kay7979
Reviewed 1 week ago

A step into the past, and what a wonderful docent that gave a remarkable account of the royal family and their history. It is wonderful that so many original pieces are here. This was an outstanding experience. It is not to be missed.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank VictoriaM0617
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had some time to spare on my last day in Kailua-Kona and spend it just walking around exploring the town. It felt like everything was commercial or restaurants (you can only eat at so many!) so I thought I'd visit the historic sites. Hulihee...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank vegates
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hulihe’e Palace in Kona on Alii Drive is open to the public for a $10 admission fee $8 for military and seniors. The palace was built in 1838 by then Governor John Adams Kuakini and became home to Hawaiian Royality. The picture of the plaque...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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)