Where royals came to unwind.

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 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.

Hours of Operation

  • Wed, Thu, Sat: 10 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Fri: 10 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Sun - Tue: Closed
  • Major Holidays: Closed

Palace Admissions

  • Self-Guided & Docent-Guided Tours Available
  • Reservations Strongly Encouraged
  • Walk-ins Based on Availability
  • First Tour: 10 AM
  • Last Tour: 3 PM
Book Your Visit

75-5718 Ali‘i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Tel: (808) 329-1877

Palace Admission

Docent-guided tours available by reservation Wednesday to Saturday, based on docent availability with limited space available.

Docent-Guided Tour
  • $22 General Admission
  • $18 Military with ID
  • $16 Seniors with ID (62 yrs & Older)
  • $14 Youth (5 - 12 yrs)
  • $3 Children (4 yrs & Under)
  • $16 Kama‘āina with ID
  • $9 Kama‘āina Keiki (5 - 12 yrs)

Self-guided tours available Wednesday to Saturday starting at 10 AM, with the last tour starting at 3 PM.

Self-Guided Tour
  • $16 General Admission
  • $12 Military with ID
  • $10 Seniors with ID (62 yrs & older)
  • $10 Youth (5-12)
  • $1 Children (4 yrs & under)
  • $12 Kama‘āina with ID
  • $3 Kama‘āina Keiki (5-12)
Book Your Visit

No parking available on site.
Free public parking available at 75-5668 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 and Paid public parking lots available on Sarona Rd.

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Group Tours

For groups of more than 10 people, please call at least one-week prior to visiting to schedule a tour (808) 595-6291.

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.

For tour prices and to make arrangements for your school field trip, please email tour@daughtersofhawaii.org or call (808) 595-6291.


The Palace was built in the nineteenth century, therefore 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) 595-6291 at least 48 hours prior to arrival to make arrangements.

Facility Rental

At the Hulihe‘e Palace, we’ve got the perfect setting for you. Whether it is a diamond and pearl anniversary, a wedding reception, your baby’s first lū‘au, graduation or that important business luncheon or dinner, the Hulihe‘e Palace is a unique and prestigious site for your event. With our breathtaking views of the oceanfront, you will make your special event a truly memorable and successful affair for you and your friends. Up to 300 people can be accommodated on the grounds.

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Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop features locally hand-crafted items, many which are made exclusively for the store. We also carry the best and latest in Hawaiian books, including several Daughters of Hawai‘i publications now available for sale.

Having your wedding or reception at Hulihe‘e Palace? The Gift Shop carries a wonderful selection of gifts and trinkets for your wedding needs!

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Work with Us!

Do you love learning, history, and people? Join the ʻohana at Huliheʻe Palace and lead museum tours.

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