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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.
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.
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.
- St. Benedicts
- Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
- Royal Kona Coffee
- Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park (Coming Soon)
- Huliheʻe Palace
- Mokuaikaua Church (Coming Soon)
Location: 75-5718 Alii Dr, Kailua, HI 96740
Date designated or established: Added to NRHP 1973
Date of my visit: 4/17/2019