Hulihee Palace

Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii



Hulihee Palace was built in 1837-1838 by John Adams Kuakini, Kamehameha I's brother-in-law. Kuakini became governor of the island of Hawaii in 1820. He was also instrumental in the erection of Mokuaikaua Church (1837-38), the oldest Christian church in the Islands which still stands opposite the Palace. The property was inherited by Princess Ruth, great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, and in turn inherited by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. In 1884, King Kalakaua, who built Iolani Palace in Honolulu in 1879, acquired the property for a summer palace and instituted extensive modernization in 1885. He stuccoed the exterior, widened the verandahs and plastered the interior. After a long period of disuse and neglect in the early 20th century the property was acquired by the Territory in 1925 through efforts of the Daughters of Hawaii, and placed under them to operate as a museum in 1927. Restoration in 1927 was by Rothwell, Kangeter, and Lester, architects. The last major restoration was performed by the Department of Public Works in 1953. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 25, 1973
Reference number
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture
Levels of significance
State; National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1838; 1844; 1884