Hawaiʻi’s Royal Palaces
Iolani Palace exterior

**IMPORTANT PARK NOTICES**

Monitor local surf and weather reports prior to your park visit.

[MAUI] UPDATED 7/12/24 – Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area: Access to the park and cabin is CLOSED until further notice due to the recent Kula wildfire.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 7/1/24 – Polihale State Park: Queen's Pond access Road is CLOSED June 17-21 (M-F) for rock placement.  Pedestrian traffic should be aware of heavy equipment traversing through the area.  The park remains open - visitors should access via Cane Top access road and points beyond.

[HAWAI’I] UPDATED 7/1/24 –'Akaka Falls State Park is closed this week for additional repair work. Expected to reopen this weekend 7/6/24.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/18/24 –Kalalau Trail, Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park: Camping permits held back for local residents during summer, see Kalalau Trail site for more information.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/18/24 – Kōkeʻe State Park: The gate to Puʻu O Kila Lookout will be closed to vehicular traffic due to road repairs beginning 3/19/24. The lookout will still be accessible by pedestrians, parking is available at Kalalau lookout.

[HAWAI'I] UPDATED 6/18/24 -  West Hawaii State Parks to close early on the 4th of July at 5 PM. Parks effected are: Kekaha Kai SP—Mahai’ula section and Manini’owali (Kua Bay) section, Kiholo SPR, Hapuna Beach SRA and Waialea section

Hawaiʻi’s Royal Palaces

Hawaiʻi’s State Park Division is privileged to administer three of Hawaiʻi’s former Royal Palaces.  Painstakingly curated and cared for by dedicated non-profit groups, each restored Palace represents a unique tribute to Hawaiʻi’s monarchy in the 19th Century.

Queen Emma Summer Palace

Queen Emma Summer Palace Hānaiakamalama (The Southern Cross), or Queen Emma Summer Palace, served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaiʻi from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site preserved by the Daughters of Hawai‘i.  Queen Emma Summer Palace was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

The Palace is open seven days a week, guided tours are offered for a fee, and the palace hosts events, offers facility rentals, and has a gift shop.

Because the Palace was built in the nineteenth century, access may not be available for visitors who have difficulties climbing stairs. We are happy to make alternative arrangements for visitors who have difficulty climbing stairs.  Please call and talk to a Palace staff member.

The Palace is Administered by the Division of State Parks, but is managed by the Daughters of Hawai‘i under a long term lease.

For more information, please refer to the Daughters of Hawaii webpage

Hulihe‘e Palace

Hulihe‘e PalaceThe Hulihe‘e Palace is located in historic Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i, on Ali‘i Drive. Once a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty, today Hulihe‘e Palace is a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapi‘olani.

The palace was originally built by High Chief, John Adams Kuakini, Governor of the island of Hawai‘i during the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, out of lava rock. The Palace features beautiful koa wood furniture, ornaments, portraits, tapa, feather work, Hawaiian quilts and artifacts from Hawaii’s royal past. Hulihe‘e Palace consists of six large graciously appointed rooms, two large inviting oceanfront lanai and lovely grounds. Hulihe‘e Palace was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

One Sunday out of the month, the Hulihe‘e Palace features An Afternoon at Hulihe‘e Palace, a cultural day with hālau hula. Bring your whole family and celebrate Hawaiian culture on the lawn of the Palace.

The Palace is open seven days a week, guided tours are offered for a fee, and the palace hosts events, offers facility rentals, and has a gift shop.

Because the Palace was built in the nineteenth century, access may not be available for visitors who have difficulties climbing stairs. We are happy to make alternative arrangements for visitors who have difficulty climbing stairs.  Please call 808-329-1877 and talk to a Palace staff member.

The Palace is Administered by the Division of State Parks, but is managed by the Daughters of Hawai‘i under a long term lease.

For more information, please refer to the Daughters of Hawaii webpage

‘Iolani Palace

‘Iolani Palace‘Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaiʻi’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue that tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls.

Today, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations in all of Polynesia and immerse yourself in Hawaiʻi’s royal heritage. Officially dedicated in 1882, ‘Iolani Palace served as the setting for the monarchs and their courts on formal occasions.

Guided tours of the palace interior by advance reservations are offered for a fee, and the palace hosts events, offers facility rentals, and has a gift shop.  Landscaped grounds popular for informal lawn picnics and Friday noon band concerts.  ‘Iolani Palace is a National Historic Landmark.

The Palace is Administered by the Division of State Parks, but is managed by the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace under a long term lease.

For more information, please refer to the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace webpage