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75-5718 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
This two-story stone structure was built by Governor John Kuakini in 1838. After his death the palace was passed down from heir to heir. From 1844 until 1914, the palace was used by Hawaiian royalty as a vacation home. The house was remodeled and enlarged several times. In 1925 the Territory of Hawaii purchased the house to be operated by the Daughters of Hawaii as a museum. Today, most of the furniture and fixtures have been restored from the original monarchy and numerous artifacts and memorbilia are on display here.
Pohaku Likanaka - this rock, originally located at Kahalu'u beach Park, was used for executions. A rope was passed through the hole and around the neck of the victim. The executioner would then pull the rope and strangle the victim.
The entrance gate displays the royal Coat-of-Arms of the Hawaiian monarchy. Dedication plaque of Hulihe'e Palace, completed in 1838 and built for the second govorner of Hawaii, John Kuakini.
An executioner would then pull the rope until the vicitim died of strangulation.
Kiope Pond is spring fed and was once the main water supply for the Palace.
Open Monday thru Friday, 9-4; Saturday and Sunday, 10-4
1-hour tours daily of house and grounds
FREE concerts monthly on grounds
Located in downtown Kailua-Kona on Ali'i Drive across from the Mokuaikaua Church, overlooking Kailua Bay.