Hulihee Palace was built in 1838 by John Adams Kuakini using native labor and local materials. Hulihee Palace is a simple rectangular building containing a basement, two stories, and an unfloored attic. It is constructed of rubble lava rock and is approximately 62′ X 32′ with a 13′ lanai extending from the rear. It is a mixed architectural style, but is most influenced by New England architecture adapted to Hawaii’s warm climate. Hulihee Palace is significant for its associations with American Expansionism and Colonization. Hulihee Palace was the vacation home of the last reigning monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawaii, King David Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. It serves as an important symbol for the country of the days of Hawaiian independence. Its history outlines the story of the U.S. colonization of Hawaii.
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