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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 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
  • Free Cancellation
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Kona Haunted Hele ghost tour

Kona Haunted Hele ghost tour

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One of Kona's most popular nighttime activities and rated excellent on TripAdvisor! Step into the spooky past and supernatural happenings of Kona on this evening walking ghost tour. After the sun dips down, follow an expert local guide as you explore eerie tales of hauntings and real-life historical events that are sure to send chills down your spine. ​Meet up with your guide and set out on foot down the historic Ali'i Drive, beginning your excursion with a brief overview of Kona's fascinating, mystery-filled history. From there, make your way to various locations where supernatural events are believed to have occurred, from the historic location of human sacrifices to the paths where the ghostly, torch-wielding Night Marchers are believed to walk. See authentic paranormal photos captured during the tours including one of the "lady in white" as well as various different orbs. Includes one complimentary copy of the Kona Haunted Hele Guidebook ​per group while supplies last.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Wild and Quirky Kona Scavenger Hunt

Wild and Quirky Kona Scavenger Hunt

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What is the hunt like? The games are little compressed engines that explode into all kinds of different possibilities. This non traditional scavenger hunt isn't just for little kids, though kids do great on an adult led team. They are active, challenging and inspire you to CONNECT AND TALK TO PEOPLE you would ordinarily walk by, do CREATIVE CHALLENGES and act as DETECTIVES to find stories. This game is a co-creation between you & 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. Bring your A game. THE BEST FIT IS PEOPLE UP FOR SOMETHING NEW AND OPEN TO BEING CREATIVE AND PLAYFUL.
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  • 2 hours
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Big Island Hawaii (South) Self-Guided Driving Tour

Big Island Hawaii (South) Self-Guided Driving Tour

Get a taste of paradise on Hawaii’s Big Island. This driving tour guides you along the island’s picturesque coast and through lush jungle scenery. Lounge on pristine beaches, hike atop dormant volcanoes, go snorkeling in crystal-clear water, and more—all while learning about the fascinating history of this island and the people who call it home. The Big Island is packed with beautiful sights and riveting stories, and this tour will ensure you see everything. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and the app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, go to the designated starting point to start the tour. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience. No expiration — the tour is available from the minute you book until forever! This isn't an entrance ticket. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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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 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hulihee Palace costs USD 10.00. Guided Hulihee Palace tours start around USD 10.00 per person.
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