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Hulihee Palace Tours and Activities

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Though this stately two-story lava rock and stucco home in downtown Kailua-Kona is no castle, it did serve as a vacation home for royalty in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Built by Hawaii’s second governor John Adams Kuakini in 1838, the six-room estate was handed down to Princess Ruth Keelikolani after his death, and she opened its doors to many visiting members of the Hawaiian royal family including King Kalākaua and Queen Kapiolani. The palace today is run as a museum of Hawaiian artifacts downstairs—including kapa (bark) cloth, King Kamehameha’s own giant spears, royal busts—and a showcase of royal life with original Victorian furniture and details—koa wood furniture, original bed frames and quilts—upstairs. Docent-led tours give a brief overview of Hawaiian and palace history including the rapid adoption of European tastes evident in the home’s décor.

Set on prime ocean-front real estate in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona off Alii Drive, the palace is close to other historic attractions including the islands' oldest Christian church (1820) across the street and the final residence of Island-uniting King Kamehameha I visible from the palace’s top floor lanai (porch). A small gift shop on the property outside the palace sells Hawaiian cultural books and souvenirs, and one Sunday a month, traditional music and hula performances take place on the palace lawn.

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Mon–Sat 9am–4pm
75 - 5718 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740
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Kona Haunted Hele ghost tour

Kona Haunted Hele ghost tour

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The first and only ghost tour in Kona, retracing the steps of the royalty along Ali'i Drive, in search of history, mystery & intrigue. Visit our new booth at the Kona Inn Shopping Village (booth 63) and book healing session or psychic reading before your tour. Save a few dollars and receive a complimentary copy of the souvenir Kona Haunted Hele Guidebook when you book directly from our website!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Kona Walking Food Tour

Kona Walking Food Tour

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The only Walking Food Tour in Kona! Experience the best restaurants in Kona, some of which were featured on the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! Kona is a foodie paradise, immerse yourself in the Kona food scene, with at least 6 stops at restaurants on beautiful Ali'i Drive. Each restaurant will be serving a delicious dish that will delight your senses. The focus is on local, fresh ingredients, with an emphasis on the fresh fish that Kona is known for. Enjoy wonderful wine and cocktail pairings with your food, featuring Hawaiian cocktails and superb wine. This is a "local" experience, and will give you great ideas for restaurants to visit during your time in Kona. In addition to tasting fabulous food and drinks, you will also get great information about Kona's fascinating history and learn about the Kona restaurant scene. Your knowledgable guides will inform and entertain! Tour covers at least 1 mile at slow pace. Tour operates rain or shine, meet at Kona Pier under the Green Tents.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Wild and Quirky Kona Scavenger Hunt

Wild and Quirky Kona Scavenger Hunt

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Lets get quirky in downtown Kona! This game is an active and challenging NON TRADITIONAL( not normal in any way!) 2 hour hunt of creative challenges, social experimentation & being amateur detectives searching for the type of local stories a good tour guide would tell you. This game is a co-creation between you and your interactive host who is customizing and interacting as you play. Specific correct answers get additional stories and facts from your host who is in your pocket on Whats App. Come ready for an exhilarating and unique adventure. You may even make a friend or two. Now introducing Eagle and Turtle team options. Choose Eagle to play an active and challenging game to get all or most of the clues. Choose Turtle to cruise at your own speed,enjoy the scenery and just do some of the clues. Both team types have the same amount of allotted hunt time of 2 hours.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kona Coast to Place of Refuge Small Group Shore Excursion & Tour

Kona Coast to Place of Refuge Small Group Shore Excursion & Tour

Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and rich culture of Hawaii’s Kona coast on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, enjoy experiences that include visiting sites like Kailua Pier, Hulihe'e Palace, Mokuaikaua Church, Greenwell Farms, and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, the Painted Church, and Big Island Bees.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Hulihee Palace hours of operation?
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Hulihee Palace hours of operation: Mon–Sat 9am–4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Hulihee Palace tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hulihee Palace can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Hulihee Palace 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hulihee Palace costs USD 29.75. Guided Hulihee Palace tours start around USD 29.75 per person.
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