Once a favorite vacation home of Hawaiian royalty, Hulihe'e Palace now houses a museum displaying Victorian furniture and art from the era of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. Built in the 1830s of native lava rock, coral lime mortar, and koa and ohia timbers, the lavish two-story palace sits in the heart of Kailua-Kona, a historic community that once served as the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Severely damaged by an earthquake, the palace underwent a full restoration in 2009 and now offers limited tours to the public (which cost a modest fee). You can explore the palace grounds for free. The on-site gift shop sells handmade artwork and books about the region's history and culture. Take a look at our Kailua-Kona route builder website to schedule your visit to Hulihe'e Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Hulihe'e Palace Reviews
Anyone visiting Hawai'i should take the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the history of the long line of Hawaiian royalty that inhabited the Big Island (and the other islands as well... more »
This is a beautiful little historic palace located right on the main street and a short walk from the ship's tender dock. The grounds are beautiful and well manicured and there are benches around so..... more »
It was just OK. If you've never seen a nice home from the 1800s, or you're very interested in Hawaiian royal ancestry, then you'll find it more interesting. The grounds are very pretty, right on the water. A relaxing place. It has no restrooms. $8 for adults to enter the palace. Walking the grounds are free.
Very cool historic home. Its a bit small and $10 admission per person felt a little steep, but I never complain about contributing money to preserve historical sites. You will take your shoes off before you go in and no photos are allowed inside. Beautiful place, beautiful historical artifacts, charming little museum.
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