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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 155 attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Illinois
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104 reviews 104 reviews
39 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

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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Makati City
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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

After going to Pali lookout we passed by the summer palace and to see the summer house of Queen Emma. The self guided tour cost us about 8 bucks per adult and a dollar for a child, I find quite expensive for a such a modest palace but it is for a good cause and we gladly paid the fee.... More

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San Francisco
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We found the house (not a palace at all) only marginally interesting but we did speak to the archivist for a good hour and he was full of interesting info and was completely fascinating. Only because of that were we delighted we made the stop.

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Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

So me being the absolute history buff I am I decided not only did I have to go to Iolani Palace but Queen Emma's as well, It's a small house and garden and is beautiful but unfortunately because all of the items are actually donated you are not allowed to take any photos! Very disappointing since I love taking pictures... More

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Haiku, Hawaii
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

take the tour.....the docent is always very informative and friendly.....they have a wonderful collection of things from the period....not huge but very special......the special displays are not only informative but very beautiful too......it is not a palace like in the west but it still is very special

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St. Louis, MO
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Took my 13 year old for a quick visit. Opted for the docent tour and had a very informative and interesting experience. Anyone who likes Hawaiian history would love this. Never knew that Queen Victoria, Mark Twain, and Andrew Johnson all had Queen Emma in common. The docents lovingly show you all the period pieces in the home with great... More

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Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Wonderful docents made our visit to Queen Emma Summer Palace a delight. The house itself is an important part of Hawaiian history - kudos to the Daughters of Hawaii for saving such an important site from developers and for maintaining it.

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Kelowna, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

For anyone interested in the lifestyle of Hawaiian royalty, this is a nice place to stop & visit. It isn't a large or elaborate attraction, just the summer home of Queen Emma, but it gives you an idea of this phase of the monarchy. The home is quite small - just a few rooms - but it is well worth... More

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Encinitas, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I toured the summer palace with a friend from Mililani and we were lucky enough to get Maile as our guide. She did an amazing job filling us in about each member of the Hawaiian Dynasty at that time and the home and antiques are just breathtaking. Be sure and visit the gift shop in the back of the home,... More

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Sacramento, California
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32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

While touring the Bishop Museum one of the docents recommended that we also visit the Queen Emma's Summer Palace. Since it was on our way back to the North Shore, we decided to visit. The parking area is quite small. The entrance fee is $8 per person to tour four rooms and a large receiving room. As you can imagine,... More

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