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Hānaiakamalama or Queen Emma Summer Palace, served as a retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii 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 located at 2913 Pali Highway, less than a ten-minute drive outside of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is maintained with entrance fees, revenue from the gift shop, and other funds raised by the Daughters of Hawaii.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
Enjoyed an impromptu tour and learned much about the royal family of Hawaii. Small palace with easy access.
Wonderful history museum. Docents are very knowledgeable. Some lovely antiques especial the German breakfront. The capes were very impressive. Reading about them or looking at a photo doesn't do them justice.
The tour was filled with lots of things for our group to see. The staff was very knowledgeable on Hawaiian history and encouraged questions. The park in the back is a great place to take your kids after and let them play and eat lunch. The thing I would caution you on is if you are driving in yourself it can be hard to see the drive to enter the palace. I believe you will have a great time.
Nestled above the business of Downtown Honolulu.... Queen Emma's summer palace is always a wonderful visit for me!! It shows the culture of Hawai'i but also the heart of Queen Emma! Beautiful!
Great architecture beautiful surroundings and friendly people. Okay stop on the way to the airport. It wasn't easy to find and the traffic is really heavy so turning around is a bit of a nightmare.
Very nice venue with reasonable admission fee. Extensive collection. Takes about 2 hours to tour.
I Loved it, because it's a beautiful place. But also because I learned some history, how the Good Ole USA failed to protect the Queen, after they PROMISED!! Hawaii is a Rocking Place 😋, go visit and learn how THE ISLANDER'S ROLL.
Very nice need more labels on the actual items. Hard to connect names with photos. More description of the artifacts would also be nice.
We arrived near closing time, but a guide offered to give us a detailed tour of the house. It was surprisingly interesting, and we learned a lot of history of Hawaii.
The Queen Emma Summer Palace is not the most wheelchair accessible place, but once inside, the displays are very interesting. Outside, the gardens are impeccably maintained and are very beautiful. Well worth your time. I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon visiting the Queen Emma Summer Palace.
We happened to get there on Keiki day so got a huge discount but because of that, no docent tours. Still you can ask questions to the other people working there. Lovely home. They make you take off your shoes before entering, which I like.
Worth a visit, this is an example of historical New England architecture transplanted to a beautiful Nuuanu Valley, in the midst of lush tropical foliage. The Daughters of Hawaii preserve and show a nice set of artifacts and period furnishings. Unfortunately, due to its historical designation, the humidity and heat are taking a toll on the artifacts. A couple of beautiful depictions of Hawaiians before foreign influence, and some nice examples of feathered garments, old tapa and designs. Don't miss the lovely grounds streamside including a magnificent monkeypod adorned with various epiphytes. Modest entrance fee helps preserve this historical residence and it's accessories. Regular docent tours are available, and there is plentiful parking. Watch for the sudden turn off of busy Pali Highway to the entrance.
I haven't been here since a field trip in the 5th grade. Liked it so much better than I remember. Funny how age makes you appreciate history and want to learn more. Our guide was very informative, injecting little story tidbits here and there. The palace is small, but very pretty with interesting artifacts. The koa furniture is breathtaking. A nice chill place to visit to learn a small piece of Hawaii.
Definitely do the tour if you can - the building is interesting but the context makes it fascinating! Prepare to take off your shoes, too. Lovely and inexpensive gift shop as well.
This is beautiful place to tour. Along with a history lesson you can see the house contents and the grounds. We enjoyed our time there. Do not forget to check out the gift shop.
Low key self-guided tour, but lovely home and gardens. Peaceful setting.