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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

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Palace lovingly restored by volunteers - center for many activities in downtown Kailua - saw a few events here over Christmas

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JohnZ578
Reviewed 11 December 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hulihe's Palace. Admission tickets are available next door in the gift shop. The guide was very informative as we toured the residence and she outlined the lineage of the royal families on the Island of Hawaii. We were amazed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 531JimB
Reviewed 6 December 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 25 November 2018

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!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LauraM12549
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9 December 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
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)