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Queen Emma Summer Palace

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Address: 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-1417
Phone Number:
+1 808-595-3167
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Queen Emma Summer Palace or Hānaiakamalama (The Southern Cross), served as...

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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Queen's Birthday

How lucky we were to visit on the Queen's Birthday as it was free. No matter what it is worth the admission fee. I went there two years ago and it was sparse to say the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

How lucky we were to visit on the Queen's Birthday as it was free. No matter what it is worth the admission fee. I went there two years ago and it was sparse to say the least. They have done fabulous job of restoring it !! So sad that their monarchy was taken away ...

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Palm Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a nice experience and it was fun to see and hear the stories but the story teller talked way too long. It is hard for some people to just stand in a room and not move without sitting down etc. The house needs explanation but keep it moving. Lots of repetition. But a very cool piece of history. Stairs... More 

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Villa Park, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the summer palace and it was nice. Some history that you don't get an Iolani but not a whole lot more. I wouldn't say this is a must see but worth it if you are looking to fill in an hour or so on a rainy day.

Thank onecoolraisin
Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although this may not be your definition of a palace it was the summer retreat of Hawaian royalty to get out of the heat at the lower altitude. A short bus or cab ride away on the Old Pali highway. It is backed with artifacts from their time here. The interpretive guides bring the tour alive with a wealth of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped at the Queen Emma Palace on our way to the airport, having been clued by our wonderful tour guide Bruce at the Lyman Museum in Hilo that the spot was a hidden treasure. Bruce certainly was correct. We self toured with the guide we received at ticket purchase. Having already visited the Iolani Palace, the information on this... More 

Thank Europelover2014
British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

on our way to the windward side of the island of oahu. took the pali highway. quite quickly out of town, 2 miles, we came upon this spot and as easy to access, we pulled in. small parking lot, only a handful of us there, early morning. one could have a personal tour but we walked through by ourselves. built... More 

Thank jarmwr40
Cocoa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I love Queen Emma's Summer Palace! There is so much history and beautiful refinement in this place. Although it is small, it is very charming. There is a small fee, but worth paying to visit another of Hawai'i's stunning royal artifacts.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The Palace is a good place to see and experience the culture and history of the islands. Well organized.

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Medford, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This was our second visit to Queen Emma's Summer Palace and it was a perfect way to spend a morning on Oahu. The home is beautifully maintained and perfectly presented. Admission was $8 for seniors. The tour was too long for us, so we opted out and saw the home on our own. Beautiful furnishings and an excellent history lesson.

Thank OregonTraveler0908
Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Our guide was very helpful, we learned things that we might not have known, ever! A lot of Hawaiian history and how couples may have treated each other back then. We learned how people earned their place in history.

Thank Donna C

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