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Hulihee Palace

At this former royal vacation home and museum, view original handmade koa furnishings and watch free folk concerts.

Take a step back in royal Hawai’ian history at the Hulihe’e Palace, a museum and heritage vacation mansion for the Hawai’ian monarchy. Discover relics from Hawai’i’s 19th-century royal past and learn about the kings and queens who resided here. Enjoy traditional music and free performances at the Hulihe’e Palace Concert and join an informative guided tour of the palace.

Hawai’i’s governor built Hulihe’e Palace out of coral mortar and lava rock in 1838. The building features New England-style architecture. Admire the stylish mansion’s simple design and immaculate tropical garden. Enter the palace to find an intriguing museum, filled with historic artifacts from the reign of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapiʻolani.

Explore the palace to learn about how the royals lived in the 19th century. Find beautifully carved koa furnishings, handcrafted from local acacia koa trees. The mansion is filled with fascinating stories, such as the tale of the intricate cabinets, built by a Chinese prisoner who was serving a life sentence for smuggling opium. The fine craftsmanship of the cabinets inspired King Kalākaua to pardon the man’s crime.

Visit Hulihe’e Palace during the palace’s Sunday concert sessions, held monthly. Enjoy performances of folk music and hula concerts with the Hulihe’e Palace Band and the Merrie Monarchs Chorale. These concerts honor each of the Hawai’ian monarchs and are free.

Stop by the palace’s gift shop to browse items such as koa sculptures, traditional weaving and Hawai’iana postcards and books. Across the road from the palace, find Moku’alkaua Church, the oldest Christian church in Hawai’i. 

Hulihe’e Palace can be found in downtown Kailua-Kona, a 10-minute walk along the waterfront from the historic Kailua Pier. The museum is open every day except Mondays and the gift shop is closed on Sundays. Join the guided tours held throughout the day or take a self-guided tour with a brochure. A small admission fee applies to the museum but the gift shop and concerts are free to enjoy.


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75-5739 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona
3.1
of 5, from 608 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Kailua Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. Kailua-Kona Wharf and Kona Community Aquatic Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$139
Kona Seaside Hotel

Kona Seaside Hotel

75-5646 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona
3.9
of 5, from 1,265 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling excursions, and deep-sea fishing are all within reach of this hotel located in Kailua-Kona Village, across the street from Kona Pier. Shopping centers and historical parks are also nearby.

$149
Royal Kona Resort

Royal Kona Resort

75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-kona
3.8
of 5, from 2,127 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Royal Kona Resort is perched on the edge of Kailua Bay, just a 10-minute walk from the fishing village of Kailua-Kona. It’s 11 minutes on foot to Hulihee Palace, and a 20-minute drive south to the Captain Cook Monument. Kona International Airport is also a 20-minute drive.

$169
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-kona
4.1
of 5, from 1,207 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located on the water next to Kona Pier, Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is ideally situated for walking around Kailua-Kona village; King Kamehameha himself once lived on this resort site, after he unified Hawaii.

Alii Point Oceanfront by RedAwning

Alii Point Oceanfront by RedAwning

75 6138 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Kailua Village, this vacation home is steps from Kailua-Kona Wharf and Hulihee Palace. Mokuaikaua Church and Kona Community Aquatic Center are also within 15 minutes.

$162
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona

75-146 Sarona Ln, Kailua-Kona
4.5
of 5, from 191 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Kailua Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. Kailua-Kona Wharf and Kona Community Aquatic Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Kona Reef Resort

Kona Reef Resort

75-5888 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona
4.2
of 5, from 33 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Kailua Village, this beachfront condo is in the city center, just steps from Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. Kailua-Kona Wharf and Kona Community Aquatic Center are also within 15 minutes.

Downtown - Remodeled Studio - AIr Conditioning

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75-5680 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Kailua Village, this condo is steps from Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. Kailua-Kona Wharf and Kona Community Aquatic Center are also within 15 minutes.