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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
+1 808-329-1877
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a former governors palace with some nice artifacts. There is a fee, but it's economical and helps support a historic treasure for both the island of Hawaii and the state. Located right in the heart of downtown Kona near all the shops and...More

Thank DanW440
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The home of Hawaiian Kings and Queens, this historical site is open to the public with guides from well-versed dossiers. The furniture and artifacts are astounding! You do not want to miss this experience!

Thank LauraM12549
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 November 2018

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 31 October 2018 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 20 October 2018

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 8 October 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 3 October 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.

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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
2 February 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.
2 November 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)