Hulihe‘e Palace is located in historic Kailua-Kona on Ali‘i Drive. The Palace was originally built out of lava rock during the Kingdom of Hawai‘i on land known as Kalāke‘e, a former residence of Kamehameha the Great. The Palace itself was first home to High Chief John Adams Kuakini, brother of Ka‘ahumanu the favorite wife of Kamehameha, and later home to more members of Hawaiian royalty than any other residence in Hawai‘i. Hulihe‘e Palace consists of six large graciously appointed rooms, two large inviting oceanfront lanai and lovely grounds.
In 1924, Hulihe‘e Palace was in ruins and the Daughters set about to save the Palace. The grounds were so overgrown that the house could not be seen from the road. In 1925, the Territorial Legislature purchased Hulihe‘e and set it aside for the Daughters to use and maintain as a museum. When the Daughters finally took over Hulihe‘e in 1927, there was still little interest in historic preservation in the islands. At this time, the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company began to formulate plans for an oceanfront hotel in Kailua-Kona. They decided the grounds of Hulihe‘e was the most desirable location and at once began to pressure the Daughters to relinquish Hulihe‘e. The ladies held firm and because of their spirit, Kailua-Kona still has some open waterfront at Hulihe‘e. In 1973, Hulihe‘e was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today Hulihe‘e is a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapi‘olani, featuring beautiful koa wood furniture, portraits, kapa, feather work, Hawaiian quilts and artifacts from Hawai‘i’s royal past.
One Sunday out of the month, the Hulihe‘e Palace features an Afternoon at Hulihe‘e Palace, a cultural day with hula and mele. Bring your whole family and celebrate Hawaiian culture on the lawn of the Palace.
Sunday: 10 AM – 3 PM
Monday-Saturday: 9 AM – 4 PM
Closed on Major Holidays
$10 General Admission
$8 Kama‘āina with ID
$8 Military & Seniors with ID
$1 Children 5-17
Free with Admission
10 AM and 1 PM
*Tour are subject to docent availability.
For groups of more than 10 people, please call one-week prior to visiting to schedule a guided tour (808) 731-3033.
School Field Trips
Our tour teaches keiki an important part of Hawaiian history as they walk through the former vacation home of Hawaii’s royal family. We recommend a guided tour for K-12 levels and require that school organizers bring one chaperone for every 10 students.
Because the Palace was built in the nineteenth century, access may not be available for visitors who have difficulties climbing stairs. We are happy to make alternative arrangements for visitors who have difficulty climbing stairs. Please call (808) 731-3033 in advance to make arrangements.