Hulihee Palace


History and Culture

Built in 1838, the Hulihee Palace is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and houses ancient Hawaiian artifacts and personal belongings of long past Hawaiian royalty. Completed one year after the first stone church, the Mokuaikaua Church, on Hawaii was built, the Hulihee Palace was constructed using native lava rock, coral-lime mortar, and koa wood – one of the most prized tree species in Hawaii.

Hulihee Palace was the main residence of Governor Kuakini and passed through the royal line after his death in 1844. During the reign of King Kalakaua, the palace underwent an extensive remodel. It was at this time the crown moldings, gold leaf picture moldings, redwood pillars, and crystal chandeliers were added and the lanai were extended.

The grounds feature a historic fish pond while the interior houses interesting furniture from the Kalakaua dynasty and traditional Victorian furniture, royal accessories, souvenirs from the King’s trip to California, and several articles from the royal family’s past. Once per month a free concert is hosted on the Palace grounds. More information can be found at the Hulihee Palace events calendar.


75-5718 Alii Drive, Kailua Kona, HI , Kona, 96740-1702

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