Hulihe'e Palace
Hulihe'e Palace
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 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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  • JeanneandDavid P
    Portland, Oregon168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Royal History not to be missed
    We had a fabulous docent give us a tour through this beautiful and historic Hawaiian Palace for Royalty. It is a beautiful house full of such interesting artifacts of early Hawaii years. And our docent was well informed, engaging, and native Hawaiian as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2023
  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada450 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, Indiana47 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
    1,850 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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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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Rawa13
San Jose, CA405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
A palace with beautiful surrounding, great history, and friendly staff. If possible, take the guided tour to learn more.
Written 2 January 2024
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia1,850 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 13 December 2023
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prindy52
Carmel, IN47 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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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 14 October 2023
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Ravenito
Charlotte, NC494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I really, really wish I could have made it here for a docent-led tour but unfortunately I just couldn't fit it in the schedule so I had to settle for a self-guided tour. Even though the tour was self-guided there were docents around if I had questions (and I did). The docents were really nice and very knowledgeable. The self-guided tour was pretty interesting and there was so much good information and interesting artifacts in the house. I really learned a lot about the history of the royal family in Hawaii. unfortunately there wasn't any close free parking so I had to park at one of the nearby pay lots. I think that actually ended up costing more than the tour at the palace.
Written 13 June 2023
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JeanneandDavid P
Portland, OR168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We had a fabulous docent give us a tour through this beautiful and historic Hawaiian Palace for Royalty. It is a beautiful house full of such interesting artifacts of early Hawaii years. And our docent was well informed, engaging, and native Hawaiian as well.
Written 24 April 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This royal palace was originally built of lava rock. Hulihe'e Palace was the summer residence of Hawai'ian royalty. The ocean- front palace was built in 1838. It is located in Kailua-Kona. It contains antique furniture, feather work and portraits. The palace is open for inspection, it is better to book ahead if you want to visit.
Written 11 April 2023
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FlowersNQuilts
Pendleton, OR219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Lovely building, grounds and artifacts. The guide is friendly and knowledgeable. Bathrooms in separate building.
Written 15 March 2023
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Adrian M
Melbourne, Australia60 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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