Huliheʻe Palace: NRHP

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Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T! 

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The Huliheʻe Palace in historic Kailua-Kona was the former vacation home of Hawaiian royalty. It was originally built of lava rock in 1838 and was the primary residence of Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani. The princess preferred sleeping in a grass hut on the grounds to sleeping in the palace.

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The palace was eventually sold to King Kalākaua who had the exterior plastered over in 1885 to appear more refined. He furnished it in the same lavish Victorian style he’d used for the Iolani Palace on Oahu.

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The Daughters of Hawaii restored the palace in 1927 and turned it into a museum. It is right across the street from the historic Mokuaikaua Church.

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Location: 75-5718 Alii Dr, Kailua, HI 96740

Designation: NRHP

Date designated or established: Added to NRHP 1973

Date of my visit: 4/17/2019

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Our cruise ship, Pride of America, as seen from Hulihe’e

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7 thoughts on “Huliheʻe Palace: NRHP

    1. Pride of America is actually considered one of NCL’s smaller ships. Still, it was pretty big…about 13 decks and 2000 people. We haven’t been on any other cruise to be able to compare.

  1. Interesting blog about things of which I know nothing. 😀 But I do know when I enjoy pretty pictures and well written material that can teach me something! Thanks for leaving me a like on God Control…. Thankfully He still does.

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