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“Don't miss the Queen Emma Summer Palace!” 5 of 5 stars
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Queen Emma Summer Palace
2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
808 595 3167
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Kansas City, MO
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“Don't miss the Queen Emma Summer Palace!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2008

The Queen Emma Summer Palace is a wonderful and historic experience and I highly recommend it. We went early, as soon as they opened, and got a virtually private tour of all the historic items, which are many. Our guide, Malia, was incredibly knowledgeable about all the history of the Hawaiian monarchs and their families. There are beautiful artifacts including amazing furniture pieces given to Queen Emma by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as well as Napoleon III. The only downside is they allow no photographs inside, even without flash. The grounds are very nice and there is a lovely gift shop behind the house. Do not miss this! AAA members get in for only $5 and if you enjoy history, don't miss this place.

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“Hawaii History: A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2008

Although we didn't find much in the tour books about this place we were pleasantly surprised and glad we went. The docent not only showed us through the house, pointing out furnishings and the history behind them, but also seemed to know almost everything about the Hawaiian royal families : who was related to whom, where they travelled, what they were remembered for, specifics of their rule and more. Although it's not a large house it is filled with beautiful furnishings and the docent seemed to know every detail about each one when asked. The tour lasted about an hour but if it wasn't closing time we probably could have stayed and asked as many questions as we liked. Not a tour for young children but great for those who want a more personal perspective of Hawaiian history.

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“Must see Queen Emma summer home.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2003

This is certainly a must see attraction while on the island of Oahu.
There's not only a lot of interesting facts about our American/Hawaiian heritage but the home and it's furnishings are an enjoyable trip back into history. And we loved meeting Aunt Violet on 2 other visits in prior years but missed her in May 2003. We hope to see her again in September, 2003. The gift shop has a lot for everyone. The grounds are very beautiful.

Lyle and Darlene Schenk

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