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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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Marc_and_Kim_Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 13 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
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Took this tour with my parents. We had an excellent tour guide who through her enthusiasm and knowledge really brought the house and history to life.

1  Thank jenniferab653
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Definitely Take the guided tour, its a small house with lots of history we waited 30mins for the tour to start and it took about 40 minutes. its worth the wait. The house has been there since 1840 so you can imagine compressing the history...More

1  Thank Edmil Q
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Located in the hills above Honolulu, and relatively easy to get to by bus. As common in Hawaii, shoes are removed to go inside (they have covers for those who don't want to remove their shoes). Volunteers take you through each room explaining all of...More

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Nuuanu is one of my old haunts, my best friend lived here! This spot is a lovely reminder of old royal Hawaii....sad it is all gone.

Thank Aulani M
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