We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hulihe'e Palace

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (199)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hawaiian history”(105 reviews)
“guided tour”(54 reviews)
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.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
See all hours
75-5718 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1702
+1 808-329-1877
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Kailua-Kona
from USD 65.00
More Info
from USD 133.22
More Info
from USD 138.44
More Info
from USD 64.30
More Info
Reviews (707)
Filter reviews
655 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews hawaiian royalty hawaiian history guided tour koa wood remove your shoes entrance fee interesting artifacts royal families vacation home piece of history gift shop on display interesting place lots of history self guided old hawaii great history
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 655 reviews
Reviewed yesterday

The historic palace is an interesting way to introduce yourself to the often sad history of Hawaii, where God, greed and glory too often had their way in the past.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank HarperE
Reviewed yesterday

We toured the “vacation home of the island royals.” The guides were so kind and shared lots of facts and interesting stories of the royal families, The furniture is quite ornate and unique. One piece even has Masonic symbols on it. If you like history,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mmpay2go
Reviewed yesterday

I like looking in old buildings and hearing histories, so I enjoyed browsing through Hulihe'e Palace. It is well-kept, the guides know their stuff and are happy to answer questions or fill in the blanks. I even found answers to some questions I had about...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Michele J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a great place to go and learn some Hawaiian history and customs. The home is beautiful but not overly large. It has the potential to be a quick tour. The staff are very knowledgeable of the history of the home and the items in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank christinemichalski
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have to admit that we tend not to visit historical museums, feeling when you've seen one, you've seen them all. And we didn't visit the interior here, preferring to spend our funds on other attractions and activities. But we did walk the grounds and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank writeonOntario
Reviewed 6 days ago

We toured the palace a number of years ago, and it was time to go back again. There are tours, but we went through on our own, and there was a docent there to answer questions. Well worth your time to see the building, furniture,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kay7979
Reviewed 1 week ago

A step into the past, and what a wonderful docent that gave a remarkable account of the royal family and their history. It is wonderful that so many original pieces are here. This was an outstanding experience. It is not to be missed.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank VictoriaM0617
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had some time to spare on my last day in Kailua-Kona and spend it just walking around exploring the town. It felt like everything was commercial or restaurants (you can only eat at so many!) so I thought I'd visit the historic sites. Hulihee...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank vegates
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hulihe’e Palace in Kona on Alii Drive is open to the public for a $10 admission fee $8 for military and seniors. The palace was built in 1838 by then Governor John Adams Kuakini and became home to Hawaiian Royality. The picture of the plaque...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As soon as I walked from Street into grounds I immediately felt a different welcoming vibe...peace...the palace is fascinating...the grounds were simple and beautiful. The views of the bay and ocean....stunning. The staff was so welcoming and friendly!! Even got to pet grounds cat😀

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dorothy D
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 49 nearby hotels
Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel
569 reviews
.21 km away
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona
593 reviews
.28 km away
Kona Seaside Hotel
1,407 reviews
.31 km away
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
3,442 reviews
.35 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,043 nearby restaurants
Frenchman's Cafe
283 reviews
.15 km away
Kona Coffee Cafe
392 reviews
.18 km away
Scandinavian Shave Ice
866 reviews
.07 km away
Kope Lani Heavenly Coffee & Ice Cream
236 reviews
.05 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,173 nearby attractions
Mokuaikaua Church
401 reviews
.04 km away
Kona Rock & Mineral
7 reviews
.12 km away
Pacific Fine Art
6 reviews
.19 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
10 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
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
3 February 2016|
AnswerShow all 13 answers
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.
3 November 2015|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
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)