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“Royal History”
Review of Hulihe'e Palace

Hulihe'e Palace
Ranked #25 of 144 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 29 June 2018

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.

Thank Karrst
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We have walked by this Palace many times and never went in but this time we decided to go in and we are really glad we did! It only consists of about six rooms but it is amazing how much history they contain. I recommend you go with one of the tour guides as they really bring the hundreds of artifacts to life. They also have a nice gift shop next door to the palace.

Thank Buttons560
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Once we showed genuine interest, the docent started telling us stories and details....ended up with a full blown custom tour with all types of amusing info.....

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

The palace is well worth visiting. The furniture and artifacts are beautiful. The docents are very nice and knowledgeable. The grounds and view are lovely.

Thank ellen g
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Reviewed 26 May 2018

This was only a few blocks away from our Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Kailua-Kona, and we enjoyed the visit. The guide who took us through the Palace had a great deal of knowledge of the history of this residence, and the people who lived there. He was interesting to listen to, and we learned many things. After the tour, we spent a few hours just sitting and reading in the yard in the back, next to the beach. It was quiet and very peaceful, and we enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Terry M
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