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Queen Emma Summer Palace

2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
808 595 3167
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Ranked #39 of 157 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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English first
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was a quiet afternoon excursion on a rainy day. The house is a museum that captures the way Hawaiian Royalty lived with many artifacts that belonged to Queen Emma. The docents were extremely knowledgeable. You can just imagine time spent there out of the heat of the city before the modern convenience of air-conditioning. There is a wonderful gift... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Wonderful tour ...our docent was extremely knowledgable young man and very enthusiastic about the Hawaiian history. He made the tour very interesting and was more than happy to answer all our questions. A must place to see. Very reasonably priced.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Loved this place! Took my three kiddos (8,5 yrs old) they loved it because of how nice the staff was. They gave us a small history lesson on the porch which was perfect for kids attention spans. I will make an effort to take the kids back again this summer!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A great property worth the visit, not busy which is great. Beautiful gardens and lots of interesting facts provided by the staff

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

nice to stop by and see the residence of Queen Emma in Nuuanu some of upper classes also live in this area of the city above Honolulu city nice wooded setting and restored furnishings

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We have visited Hawaii many times but never stopped here, even though we passed right by it many times on Pali Hwy. Its a beautiful home full of historical items and the history of Queen Emma is so interesting. Pay the extra $2 for the guided tour. Very, very worth it. Our guide was fantastic and made all the difference... More

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Haiku, Hawaii
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

this is one of my favorite places to visit on oahu.......it is even more beautiful than the last visit.....the gardens are now filled with more native plants....they have added new kahili also......

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Stockton, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

What a peaceful place. Lovely grounds, and inside the summer home lots of interesting history about the royal family.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I went up to visit the summer palace while on stay-cation and was very impressed by the docent knowledge an the time they took to show me around and explain the history of the home and the family connection to the monarch of Hawaii. Nominal fee for a guided or self guided tour. I would go with a docent, you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Go early before the tour groups arrive and enjoy a morning at this little jewel. If you are curious about Hawaiian history, I strongly recommend the guided tour. Museum staff are incredibly knowledgable and easily tailor the tour to your interests. While small, the garden is also worth walking through. On a quiet morning, it is easy to imagine Queen... More

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