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Queen Emma Summer Palace

Address: 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 808 595 3167
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Ranked #47 of 257 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, History museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, History museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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English first
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
39 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We had some time to kill and came for a visit. So much history here and the decor and furnishings are beautiful.

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Houston, Texas
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98 reviews 98 reviews
36 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

This is a must see piece of Hawaiian history. Renovation is a work in progress. The Daughters of Hawaii are doing a wonderful job restoring this home and teaching the Hawaiian history to all. Throughly enjoyed our visit and the lush grounds.

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St, Paul, MN
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This little gem of a historical house is just off the Pali Highway and definitely worth a stop. The artifacts are fascinating, especially those given Emma by her bff Queen Victoria. Emma's life held great sadness, but she rallied and gave back to her people. Her son's cradle is very touching. Two highlights: Travis the tour guide who gave us... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This royal getaway is one of the few gems of key changes in the history of hawaii. The staff is knowledgeable and the tour gave me insight into that hawaii of yesteryear where world governments were getting to know the hawaiian culture.

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Patchogue, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is on of the most endearing and charming places you will get to visit in Oahu. It truly brings you to the Hawaiian scale of life. The palace is a great classic bungalow with the high ceilinged spacious rooms perfect for the hot summer season and to catch the mountain breezes. There are real treasures here for you to... More 

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sydney, australia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

After a very very quick visit a couple of years ago. We decided to head back to the palace and spend a little extra time and I am so glad we did. The property is beautiful, it is located in a tranquil area. Not that far from Waikiki for a nice drive

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Spokane, WA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

After many visits to the island we finally made the Queens' palace a priority. I wish we had gone much sooner! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, as well as proud of this amazing piece of Hawaiiana. Though small, the "palace" is filled with period furniture, paintings and art from around the world. There's a great connection with Queen Victoria that... More 

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100 reviews 100 reviews
25 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I can't stand crowds, and so many of Honolulu's attractions are as unreal as theme parks, but this is one of the authentic Hawaiian places that brings in what the royalty were like, how they lived, the mix of Hawaiian and imported objects, and more. I take all of my visitors here and they invariably love it. Helpful and informative... More 

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125 reviews 125 reviews
66 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was one of the most enjoyable attractions on our vacation. The place was in a very quiet neighborhood in contrast to Waikiki or downtown, surrounded by parkland. There was only one other visitor besides us, but we had a very knowledgeable guide (part of the entrance fee). The museum is run by volunteers, so these ladies take pleasure in... More 

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Kaysville, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

On our way to the Pali, we stumbled across this gem. Beautiful home set on wonderful grounds. There is a fee to tour but it is worth it. If you read about Queen Emma before you come, it will be even more meaningful to see how and where she lived. She had such an influence on her island and its... More 

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