Queen Emma Summer Palace


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Queen Emma Summer Palace, also known as Hanaiakamalama (meaning “foster child of the moon”), is the summer retreat of Queen Emma of Hawaii, wife of King Kamehameha IV. With Hawaiian-Victorian setting, Queen Emma Summer Palace is used by Queen Emma and her family as a retreat from the rigors of court life in hot and dusty Honolulu from 1857 to 1885. It is a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site located at 2913 Pali Highway, less than a ten-minute drive outside of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.

The house itself is a museum displaying Queen Emma’s possessions, along with those of her husband, King Kamehameha IV, their son, Prince Albert Edward, and other members of the Hawaiian royal families. The house features Entrance Hall, Front Bedroom, Cloak Room, Back Bedroom, Center Hall, Edinburgh Room and artifacts possessed by the royal family including Queen Emma's baby grand piano, Prince Albert's cradle, imari porcelain jardinière given by Emperor Meiji to King Kalākaua, Royal cabinet with china and Silver christening vessel given by Queen Victoria, rosewood furniture and more.

The house also contains a number of portraits of historical interest. Subjects include William Charles Lunalilo, John Young II, Juliana Alapai, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Kamehameha III, Kamehameha IV, Kamehameha V, Queen Emma of Hawaii, Prince Albert Edward Kauikeaouli, etc.

Minimum Time Needed

2 Hours


Monday-Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM

Admission Fee

adults $6
children $1


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