Step into Hawaiian Royalties Vacation Home at Kona’s Hulihe’e Palace

Huliheʻe Palace, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Huliheʻe Palace, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Calbear22

Built in 1838, this seaside palace has served as a resort for Hawaiian royalty for years. Located on the Big Island, Kailua-Kona, the historic Hulihe’e Palace stands as an iconic landmark. The home is built of lava rock and other resources to create the beautiful look that is still debuted to this day.


As the palace dates back to the 1830s, the royal visitors who have vacationed at this place have included notable figures such as King Kalākaua and Queen Kapiʻolani. In fact, the palace was built during the Kingdom of Hawai’i’s rule. One of the most frequent visitors to the palace was Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani. Her visits to the palace included her reputation for preferring to sleep on the grass of the grounds instead of within the home. Princess Ruth loved to host other kings and queens who reigned over the Hawaiian islands. The palace was a popular place to enjoy relaxing stays in a tranquil spot.

Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole and Prince David Kawānanakoa were the last two royal figures to own and vacation at the palace. In 1924, Hulihe’e Palace was restored with care and dedication before being converted to a museum operated by the Daughters of Hawai’i in 1927.

Since the museums founding, visitors have been welcome to come explore this extensive palace, as well as explore the royal interiors including the unique Koa wood fixtures. Artifacts and other period furnishings are also on display. Today, visitors can explore the six room palace as well as observe the beautiful grounds including two oceanfront lanai.

Plan Your Visit

Hulihe’e Palace is located at 75-5718 Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  There is also an admission charge to this museum.

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