HULIHE‘E PALACE, located on Ali‘i Drive in the heart of Kailua-Kona, is a vintage palace that once served as the VACATION RESIDENCE FOR HAWAIIAN ROYALTY. Today, the palace is a MUSEUM AND SHOWPLACE for fascinating Hawaiian artifacts and beautiful furniture.
Gov. John Adams Kuakini built the palace in 1838 for his daughter-in-law, Princess Ruth Ke‘elikōlani. The princess used the palace primarily for entertaining visitors, but when she wasn’t entertaining, the princess preferred sleeping outside in a large, grass house she had constructed on the grounds.
In 1884, King Kalākaua bought the STATELY, OCEAN-SIDE MANSION. It was then remodeled to include a kitchen, and furnished with distinctive
wood and commissioned Victorian pieces. The palace was used as a vacation
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1916, when it was sold, and all its contents were auctioned off . In 1925, it was purchased by the Territory of Hawai‘i, and leased to the Daughters of Hawai‘i, who tracked down many of the original pieces of furniture and convinced the owners to return the items for display.
The museum houses MORE THAN 1,000 ARTIFACTS, including javelins, spears and a 180-POUND LAVA ROCK used by King Kamehameha the Great as an EXERCISE BALL. The palace is open by reservation (limt 10 people per guided tour) Wednesday-Saturday. Book at tour at daughtersofh awaii.org or by calling 808-329-1877. $22 general admission, $14 for children 5-12 years of age, $3 for infants (4 years and younger).