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“A Palace in Kona?”
Review of Hulihe'e Palace

Hulihe'e Palace
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park and Bee Farm
Ranked #13 of 132 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Owner description: Founded in 1838, this site is where the Hawaiian monarchy resided.
Northern California
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“A Palace in Kona?”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

The palace is a a two-story wooden structure that contains many of the original ornate furnishings and Hawaiian artifacts. I believe it was built by Kamehameha V, a descendent of the first king Kamehameha. There is a fee to get in, but it's well worth it if you are interested in Hawaiian history. The museum is staffed by volunteers, and there was a docent wandering around the day we visited. He was very congenial and gave us lots of additional information about the palace.

Visited November 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Nice break from being outdoors”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

It was nice to be reminded how life on an island really use to be. Comparing this palace to its contemporary 'summer cottages' on the mainland was amusing. This is only about 20 minute diversion, but I think it was worth the $6.

Visited December 2012
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Lincoln, California
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“Make sure the docent is there”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Great history, fun facts, inexpensive by itself, but with the slightly elderly, twinkle-eyed docent we were fortunate enough to just catch early in a tour, it was a fabulous experience. Shamefully we didn't catch the guy's name, but this guy was GREAT!!

Visited December 2012
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San Diego
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Only attraction in Kona”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Great overview of the history of the Hawaiian monarchy. There is actually quite a bit to see and read in this little museum. I still get all the Kamehamehas mixed up but it was interesting to see how, over time, the different monarchs changed the culture of Hawaii.

You have to leave your shoes outside, though, which I have never had to do in a museum. There is no parking. I walked from my hotel.

Visited October 2012
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“Great historical stop”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Neat palace with lots of history and original furniture and artifacts inside. We went through with a museum docent which was really informative - I was amazed at how much he knew and how easily and thoroughly he answered all questions. It took longer than expected, but you got a lot more out of it that walking through on your own. A lot of the pieces are not marked with the info they talk about.

Visited December 2012
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