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Hulihe‘e Palace Reopens Tomorrow

Media Release:

Hulihe‘e Palace reopens tomorrow for self-guided tours following cleanup after the March 11th tsunami. Starting Wednesday, the palace resumes its regular museum hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The next-door Kuakini Building, which houses the palace’s kitchen and gift shop, suffered interior water damage. The palace’s gift shop, which needs a new floor, will remain closed until further notice.

The annual fundraiser, Day at Hulihe‘e, is still on for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., March 26. The palace museum will also be open for the gala event.

“We want to thank the community for helping us during the massive cleanup,” says Fanny Au Hoy, long-time palace administrator. “We lost numerous items stored in the basement and would greatly appreciate monetary donations to help fund replacement costs.”

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be mailed to Hulihe‘e Palace, 75-5718 Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. For information, phone 329-1877.

Hulihe‘e Palace reopened in September 2009 after receiving a $1.5 million renovation to repair damage suffered in the October 2006 earthquake.

Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

Governor Abercrombie Comes to the Big Island Following Tsunami

Governor Neil Abercrombie toured Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua to see the damages that were caused by the Tsunami that hit on March 12th following the earthquake of Japan.

Here are some pictures he has posted on his Facebook account today:

Governor assessing damage near Kona Pier and Hulihe'e Palace on Hawaii Island

Governor assessing damage near Kona Pier and Hulihe'e Palace on Hawaii Island

Gov. Abercrombie surveying tsunami damage at Kealakekua Bay

Gov. Abercrombie surveying tsunami damage at Kealakekua Bay

After touring Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua he appeared before the Hawaii County Public Safety Committee.

Gov. Abercrombie appearing before the Hawaii County Council Public Safety Committee regarding tsunami damage

Gov. Abercrombie appearing before the Hawaii County Council Public Safety Committee regarding tsunami damage

Gov. Abercrombie appearing before the Hawaii County Council Public Safety Committee regarding tsunami damage