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Hulihe'e Palace
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park and Bee Farm
Ranked #12 of 137 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 14, 2012

The Hulihe'e Palace is a must see for any who appreciate history or the Hawaiian culture. The docents are Hawaiian and are very knowledgeable. One feels refreshed and relaxed after having spent time on the property.

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

The Palace is well-worth a visit during your stay in Kailua-Kona. There is a small entrance fee and the tour includes an informative presentation by a guide during a walk through the palace rooms. You will have to remove your shoes or put "booties" over your shoes that they will provide. There are many historical artifacts, family portraits, and period pieces of furniture. The tour takes about 45 minutes. There is a gift shop and restrooms available on the property.

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Beautiful palace and grounds. A simple walk from kona harbor. A must see. A walk through historic hawaii.

Thank Troy H
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This mansion was built in 1838 by John Adams Kuakini, the island's governor and was home to Hawaiian royalty. For a small fee of $5, you get a glimpse into the Big Island's history and culture with either a self guided tour or a detailed tour with a guide/commentator. On two floors, there are many fine mementos of 19th century life in Hawaii and you will view wonderful koa wood furniture.
Well worth the time to stop here and even children enjoyed the tour as there were several groups of attentive children taking tours while my wife and I were there.

1  Thank scuba312
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

I loved that the guide was a native (caucasian) Hawaiian and that they had some personal experiences with the royal rulers of old Hawaii. They are training some young teens as guides, too, excellent idea. The household objects used by the royals gave a very special insight into their lives "pre-contact" and post contact.

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