Hulihee Palace, Hawaii's Big Island
Name: Hulihee Palace
What: Historic holiday home for Hawaiian royalty
- Where: In the heart of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)
Travel back to the days of the Hawaiian monarchy at Hulihee Palace, located right on Alii Drive in the heart of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona). Built in 1838, and at one time a summer holiday home for Hawaiian royalty, today Hulihee Palace is a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani.
The Palace features beautiful koa wood furniture, ornaments and artifacts from Hawaii’s royal past. In fact, this entire area of Kailua-Kona town has great historical significance with Mokuaikaua Church (Hawaii's earliest Christian church, built in 1820) right across the street and Ahuena Heiau (the last royal residence of King Kamehameha I) visible right across the Kailua Pier.
And on one Sunday out of the month, the Hulihee Palace Concert features free music and performances from the Hulihee Palace Band and the Merrie Monarchs Chorale. In 2006, an earthquake damaged Hulihee Palace, and a full restoration was completed in October 2009. Public tours of the Palace are limited, but the gift shop is open.