Hulihe'e Palace
Hulihe'e Palace
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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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 historic house museum showcasing artifacts and royal regalia from the royal family.
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  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada452 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Old Home in Kona
    We did the docent led tour and that is what I would recommend. While a lot of the information is written on the pamphlet the docent really explained things well. She was a wealth of information. It was interesting to learn about the Hawaiian Royalty. The rooms have been nicely preserved and the grounds are beautiful.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 October 2023
  • prindy52
    Carmel, Indiana43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hulihe'e Palace Museum
    While this is not terribly elaborate or ornate, the docents did an excellent job of providing detailed history of the Hawaiian royal families who used this as a summer home. The Palace was originally built of lava rocks and is exceptionally sturdy. Beautiful koa wood furnishings throughout, family portraits, and some clothing upstairs and interesting artifacts on the main floor. Beautiful grounds located right on the ocean and easily accessible in Kailua-Kona on the main street. Walk don't drive as the parking rates are ridiculously high.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • iowacityia
    2,414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saturday, December 2nd afternoon visit.
    My wife and I arrived just before 2:30pm. I had booked this time slot for the palace tour online, earlier that morning. That worked out perfectly. You take off your shoes before entry. You can proceed in socks, or provided cloth booties. You are given a laminated informational sheet to follow off of as you tour the palace. The docent told us the best direction to follow, as you went through the 2 floors of the palace. The palace is small, but it is quite beautiful. Plenty of interesting items to see, and information to read. I really enjoyed it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
We had been visiting the Mokuaikaua Church across the road and did not realize that the Hulihee Palace closes at 3:00pm on Sundays, so were unable to go inside. Built out of lava rock in 1838 by the island of Hawaii’s Governor John Adams Kuakini as his residence. In 1885 King Kalākaua had the outside plastered over to give the building a more refined appearance for his vacation home. It fell into disrepair until in 1927 when a group of ladies called the Daughters of Hawaii, restored Hulihee Palace and turned it into a museum. Today the museum shows local artifacts and furniture of the time in an effort to preserve the cultural legacy of the Hawaiian Islands. Like most buildings in the area the palace's walls and ceiling have slight cracks following the 2006 Kiholo Bay earthquake.

TIP: Visit here early then cross the road a visit The Mokuaikaua Church which has the same walls but not plastered
Written 9 January 2020
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Barheat
Hamilton, Canada1,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This historical museum was originally built in 1838 for the second governor of Hawaii, John Adams Kuakini. Operated by the Daughters of Hawai'I the museum contains antique period furniture (most of it on loan) and historical items from the monarchy period. The museum provides insight into royal life during the 1800”s. While some pieces are replica, the spears on the stairway are authentic.

Visitors are required to remove their shoes. For my wife who wears orthopedic shoes, shoe coverings are provided. The guides are very knowledgeable and willing to share with visitors.
Written 9 March 2020
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TrevsLaLa
Sacramento, CA33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was near my hotel, so I popped in. Cost was $10. It's a self-tour where you wander through the rooms looking at photos of the old Hawaiian royalty. It's furnished in the period. Very short little tour but enjoyable and interesting learning some Hawaiian history.
Written 16 April 2020
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Adrian M
Melbourne, Australia54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I was looking forward to this trip but unfortunately could not get a docent-led tour due to scheduling. I arrived at 11am and the gates were closed because they couldn't find people who wanted to go to work on time, which is a bit of an issue, and was weird because there were plenty enough tourists bustling around who were interested, even if most of them were too cheap to afford the $16 entry fee and instead walked around the grounds for free. By Hawaiian standards, this $16 entry fee was an absolute bargain but some people prefer free so there you go. The Daughters of Hawaii were great, and I am sure that a docent-led experience would have been amazing. I learned so much about Captain Cook, connecting Australia to Hawaii so well and also helping to explain Australian early history so much better. It was well-displayed but just a bit disorganised and I was a bit confused about what was going on. Luckily, I went to the other two palaces on Oahu and this was a lovely first step between the three. Alone it's harmless but potentially a bit confusing. Combined it's great. Whether it's worth going to the big island for is another question entirely, but if you want to learn about the Hawaiian monarchy then you kind of have to.
Written 29 January 2023
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Linda C
Moorpark, CA1,041 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Daughters of Hawaii took possession of the summer home of the Hawaiian Royals in 1927 and lovingly maintain it and its contents in this very special museum . It was built in 1838 and is filled with artifacts belonging to the royals (King Kamehameha's long spear, beautifully carved Victorian-style furniture, and royal costumes are some of the highlights.) The views are beautiful and the cooling breeze from the second floor are wonderful on a hot day. VERY worthwhile. A small gift shop to the left of the entrance sells souvenirs and books. Easy walk from the cruise ship tender dock. Very friendly staff.
Written 24 August 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,017 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We just had finished breakfast and were heading back to the hotel when we came across this palace. Cost us $10 I think to get in but the docents make it worth it. There is a lot of history to hear about and see. Thoguth it would be 15 minutes to a half hour but it was so interesting that we took more time.
Written 21 February 2020
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prindy52
Carmel, IN43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
While this is not terribly elaborate or ornate, the docents did an excellent job of providing detailed history of the Hawaiian royal families who used this as a summer home. The Palace was originally built of lava rocks and is exceptionally sturdy. Beautiful koa wood furnishings throughout, family portraits, and some clothing upstairs and interesting artifacts on the main floor. Beautiful grounds located right on the ocean and easily accessible in Kailua-Kona on the main street. Walk don't drive as the parking rates are ridiculously high.
Written 10 November 2023
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Jo Ann K
Ames, IA18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Do not attempt to go to this place if you're disabled. There is no disabled access to this place, and you must remove or cover your shoes before you go in to avoid damaging the floors. For the same reason, you cannot bring your assistive device in with you. In their defense, the website indicates that it is not accessible, but I did not look at the website before I went. A person there told me they had an exemption under the ADA for historical sites, so they didn't have to comply. I use a walker and can only walk unassisted on stairs if there is a handrail. I can understand that they don't want to ruin the historical view of the palace from the street, but I do wish I could have entered through the back porch which (I think) has a rail on the stairs. Since this is an important site in Hawaiian history, I think everyone should get to experience it.

If you can move without hindrance, this is a beautiful place, with a ton of history. It's near the ocean, like many things on the Big Island, so the inside is cool as only a historic house in the tropics can be. The tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable..
Written 14 February 2024
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IrvingBrown
Dartmouth, MA121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I thought that we would spend a few minutes looking at a house. Instead we ended up spending over an hour, learning the history of Hawaii. Our guide was great, using a photograph or an artifact to tell us about the culture. We've toured the palace in Honolulu, which is bigger and more elegant, but on this tour in Kailua we learned a lot more.
Written 3 February 2020
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Rae
98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Great place to take a tour and to see how the old royalty lived. Call the number on the sign and make a tour reservation, you will be glad you did. Great old house. Neat stuff inside. Wonderful furniture and period clothes. Beautiful grounds and view of the ocean. Tour is a fair price. Senior citizen prices and a discount for the kids. Lots of good info. They are careful to keep every one safe with temperature checks before you enter the house. They are doing their part to help keep Corona in check. Dress code ladies and gents, do not be the ones who show up in tank tops and swim suits and sandy feet. Be respectful!
Written 24 January 2021
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