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Queen Emma Summer Palace

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Address: 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 18085953167
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: 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, museum, and tourist site preserved by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Admission to the Palace: General: $8/$10 Kama'āina & Seniors: $6/$8 Children 17 & under: $1 The Palace is open seven days a week, 9 AM to 4 PM, with the exception of major holidays. For docent-guided tours, please arrive no later than 3 PM. 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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A good accompaniment to Iolani Palace

We visited this after Iolani Palace. It isn’t too far away in a taxi and the guided tours are well worth it. It is then just a short walk (about 1 mile) to the Royal family... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We visited this after Iolani Palace. It isn’t too far away in a taxi and the guided tours are well worth it. It is then just a short walk (about 1 mile) to the Royal family mausoleum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I was so thrilled that this trip brought me to Queen Emmas Summer Palace a place I long wanted to visit but no other trip did I find the time. I'm so glad I put it high on my list of priorities this trip and went right away. The Historical significance is incredible and the original furnishings in Queen Emma's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Looking for something to do for a 1/2 day in Honolulu. Easily accessible by bus or car. Set in beautiful Nuuanu, an easy place to spend some time learning about one of our queens of Hawai'i. They often have special events that are also fun with music and crafts.

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Clayton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Docents here are very dedicated to preserving history at this former royal retreat. Furniture and decorative arts are in excellent condition and the home is used as a gallery showcase for them.

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Daughtersofhawaii, Owner at Queen Emma Summer Palace, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for visiting Queen Emma Summer Palace-- thank you for your review! Yes, our docents are very dedicated to preserving the history of Hawai‘i and of the palace, and to telling the story of Queen Emma and her ‘ohana. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Queen Emma's Summer Palace is not really a palace, but a fairly modest house in the hills over Honolulu. It's location gives it refreshing breezes, which must have been a great relief from the heat of the city in the days before air-conditioning (or fans). The admission charge is about $14 each, and they have you take off your shoes... More 

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Daughtersofhawaii, Owner at Queen Emma Summer Palace, responded to this review

Mahalo nui loa for visiting Queen Emma Summer Palace! We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and thank you for doing a review. The palace is open seven days a week from 9 am to 4 pm, general admission is $10 for a guided tour, $8 for a self-guided tour, and we offer discounted rates for kama‘āina and seniors. Admission... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

An interesting place visit. It is not very big so it won't take too long. The docents were vary helpful. We visited with our Go Oahu card which I would recommend if you like to see stuff because individual admission prices add up in a hurry for Oahu attractions. I think I totaled over $700 in admissions for the cost... More 

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Daughtersofhawaii, Owner at Queen Emma Summer Palace, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Queen Emma Summer Palace, home of Hawaii's royalty. We understand that the cost of travel is high and so we work to keep our prices as reasonable as possible. General admission is $10 for a guided tour, $8 for a self-guided tour. We also offer discounted rates for kama‘āina and seniors. Keiki (kids) come in for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Prior to walking into this beautiful Palace we took in the beauty that is the landscaping outside. We took off our shoes before entering, out of respect. Once inside we were greeted by 2 very friendly staff members. We paid for our tour and they began to share all of the magnificent history behind Queen Emma and her palace. You... More 

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Daughtersofhawaii, Owner at Queen Emma Summer Palace, responded to this review

Mahalo! We look forward to your next visit! More 

Waikiki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I really enjoyed our visit to Queen Emma's Summer Palace. It's not so much a "palace" but more of her summer home. The guide will educate you on Queen Emma and her love all things British and the loss of her young son. It's not a full day thing, maybe an hour or so, but a lovely place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Located up on the mountain of Hawaii, this simple little home belonged to the Native Hawaiian Queen Emma. I love visiting historic homes and it was a chance to learn a little history as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It was very interesting. The guides are very knowledgeable and nice, eager to answer your questions. It is definitely worth paying $2 for the guided tour. Entrance fee is $10 for adults ($8 for self-guided) and $1 for kids. I enjoyed it, learned a lot. Can be done in 1-1.5 hours.

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Daughtersofhawaii, Owner at Queen Emma Summer Palace, responded to this review

We agree that it's worth taking the guided tour! Our docents are knowledgeable and enjoy sharing the history of Queen Emma and Hawai‘i with visitors. Thank you for your visit and review! More 

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