Yet another excellent historical and cultural attraction in Kona. Although not very large, with no more than 5-6 rooms the palace is full of exquisite exhibits all linked to the history of the Hawaiian Royal family. Originally a vacation home of Hawaiian royalty, it was converted to a museum run by the Daughters of Hawaiʻi, showcasing furniture and artifacts. You can wander through on your own, or take one of the guided tours and get a first-hand insight into Hawaiian history and culture. Please note that you are not allowed to take pictures inside.
Originally built out of lava rock by John Adams Kuakini (governor of the island of Hawaiʻi) during the Kingdom of Hawaii. The palace was left to Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani. Ruth made Huliheʻe her chief residence for most of her life, but she preferred to sleep in a grass hut on the palace grounds rather than in the palace. All of the reigning monarchs came to the Huliheʻe for vacations, from Kamehameha III to Liliʻuokalani.
In 1927 the Daughters of Hawaiʻi, a group dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of the Hawaiian Islands, restored Huliheʻe Palace and turned it into a museum. The palace's walls and ceiling had slight cracks following the 2006 Kiholo Bay earthquake that was centered on the Kohala coast.
Certainly worth a visit and there is also a small gift shop to browse around.
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