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Queen Emma Summer Palace

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Address: 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
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+1 808-595-3167
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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 and educational museum preserved and operated by Daughters of Hawai'i. Admission to the Palace: General: $10 Kama'āina & Seniors: $8 Children 5-17 $1. Open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM. Closed on major holidays. 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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Small Gem

Missed the turn and made the next right turn and came in the back side. And what a wonderful surprise to end a long day. Got senior $8 tkts in the gift shop and proceeded to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Of all the "historical" tours we have taken in Hawaii, this was the least informative. It is a relatively small property with few historical artifacts. Those interested in Hawaiian history would be wise to visit the Iolani Palace and/or the Bishop Museum instead

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Missed the turn and made the next right turn and came in the back side. And what a wonderful surprise to end a long day. Got senior $8 tkts in the gift shop and proceeded to the front portico. Shoes off! was the command at the entrance and everything else was gentle and refined. We were there an hour with... More 

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houston, texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located just off the Pali Hiway the Summer Palace is a museum similar to the Bishop Museum, only smaller. It is essentially a house with a half dozen rooms which the Ali'i (Hawaiian royalty) retreated to for relaxation. Grounds are pretty, nice gift shop, plan 20-30 minutes if you avoid the docent who is a bit windy with excruciating detail.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove to this from our hotel. We missed the entrance once but it was easy to find it the second time around. We had a wonderful docent; they love this little home in the hills. Good history and culture.

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Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the building that was Queen Emma's summer home. You buy your tickets in the gift store which has some very nice items. The tour includes having a docent take you through each of the rooms who tells you about some of the history of the royal family and the items in the room. The information supplemented some of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a peaceful and beautiful place (except for the road noise). Gives history of the island. Stroll the gardens

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

How lucky we were to visit on the Queen's Birthday as it was free. No matter what it is worth the admission fee. I went there two years ago and it was sparse to say the least. They have done fabulous job of restoring it !! So sad that their monarchy was taken away ...

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Palm Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Had a nice experience and it was fun to see and hear the stories but the story teller talked way too long. It is hard for some people to just stand in a room and not move without sitting down etc. The house needs explanation but keep it moving. Lots of repetition. But a very cool piece of history. Stairs... More 

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Villa Park, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

We visited the summer palace and it was nice. Some history that you don't get an Iolani but not a whole lot more. I wouldn't say this is a must see but worth it if you are looking to fill in an hour or so on a rainy day.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Although this may not be your definition of a palace it was the summer retreat of Hawaian royalty to get out of the heat at the lower altitude. A short bus or cab ride away on the Old Pali highway. It is backed with artifacts from their time here. The interpretive guides bring the tour alive with a wealth of... More 

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