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Queen Emma Summer Palace

2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-1417
+1 808-595-3167
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Queen Emma Summer Palace or Hānaiakamalama (The Southern Cross), served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawai'i 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 and educational museum preserved and operated by Daughters of Hawai'i. Admission to the Palace: General: $10 Kama'āina & Seniors: $8 Children 5-17 $1. Open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM. Closed on major holidays. Because the Palace was built in the nineteenth century, access may not be available for visitors who have difficulties climbing stairs.
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2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-1417
+1 808-595-3167
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

right before you go thru the tunnel on the Pali Highway you will see off to the right --Queen Emma Summer Palace. It is well preserved and interesting . The grounds are beautiful and you can see why this location was chosen. Very interesting place...More

Thank Paula O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The interior is beautiful and well maintained. The two docents who were present were both very kind, informative, and even allowed me to get let me take a few pictures as they were closing up. If you're interested in the history of Hawaii, then don't...More

Thank Charles F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amid trees, flowering bushes, and greenery, high above the sea, sits this gorgeous home. The guide and his information were, of course, very interesting. He didn't rush us at all, answered all our questions. The property is well maintained, inside and out. There was an...More

Thank Tina S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though we signed up for the last tour of the day and there was only 4 other people in our group (total 7), I think most of the tours are smaller in size because the summer palace isn't large and there are limited parking...More

1  Thank Pui-Ken H
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

This docent led tour was so informative and interesting! Manoa (I hope I remembered correctly) was thorough, knowledgeable and pleasant. Hawaii is a beautiful place, her history and her people are as well. I'm so glad I took the time to stop in...and it was...More

Thank j0ya0
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Hidden in the Nuuanu Valley, this small home contains a plethora of amazing Hawaiian artifacts. Walking into this home, feels just that, like a home. You can feel the spirit of Queen Emma and all the Hawaiian Royalty represented in the home. Be sure to...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

The house isn't that big but do a guided tour. They do them on the hour and take about an hour. Very informative.

1  Thank Marc_and_Kim_Z
Reviewed 19 July 2017

A bit out of the normal tourist area but worth the trip. Educational and the staff is knowlegeable and ready to answer any questions. Very relaxing and low keyed

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Beautiful old home was a jewel set in a lush small lot above Honolulu. Staff is extremely knowledgeable. Our docent told the story very well and we were totally mesmerized by the details of the queens life. Definitely a quick tour to add to your...More

1  Thank kauboi
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We watched a short film on the history of the palace prior o visiting the inside. Interesting look at local life. Well worth a visit

Thank Marysems
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