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Address: 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: +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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quick visit.

on our way to the windward side of the island of oahu. took the pali highway. quite quickly out of town, 2 miles, we came upon this spot and as easy to access, we pulled in. small... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

on our way to the windward side of the island of oahu. took the pali highway. quite quickly out of town, 2 miles, we came upon this spot and as easy to access, we pulled in. small parking lot, only a handful of us there, early morning. one could have a personal tour but we walked through by ourselves. built... More 

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Cocoa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love Queen Emma's Summer Palace! There is so much history and beautiful refinement in this place. Although it is small, it is very charming. There is a small fee, but worth paying to visit another of Hawai'i's stunning royal artifacts.

Thank Kupuanani
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Palace is a good place to see and experience the culture and history of the islands. Well organized.

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Medford, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit to Queen Emma's Summer Palace and it was a perfect way to spend a morning on Oahu. The home is beautifully maintained and perfectly presented. Admission was $8 for seniors. The tour was too long for us, so we opted out and saw the home on our own. Beautiful furnishings and an excellent history lesson.

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide was very helpful, we learned things that we might not have known, ever! A lot of Hawaiian history and how couples may have treated each other back then. We learned how people earned their place in history.

Thank Donna C
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is also a must see during your visit, probably not great for children but we were a couple and enjoyed the tour the Daughters of Hawaii gave about Queen Emma and the history of her summer home, her family, relatives and all the contributions she gave to the Hawaiian people during her lifetime. This house was restored by the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't want to spend a lot of time here but felt the need to see it. Pretty wood antique furniture. The baby cradle was very cute. You have to buy your tickets to go in around back in the gift shop.

Thank classiccatgal
Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is really worth a visit. It is not only the history in it, the original and well kept furniture, the tranquility of the place and its authenticity but also the ladies attending it, eager to make your visit unforgettable, to tell you about the history of the place or that of the monarchy. We weren't planing to stop... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped there because it was in our way, but we were note expecting much. The surprise was huge: a very well kept place with most of the original furniture gives you an exact idea of what it looked like and how they lived back then. The women in charge of the place are amazingly helpful, nice and eager to... More 

Thank Joseansantander
Waianae, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

I love visiting this hidden gem! The grounds are as stunning as the building's interior. You must see both. The docents stories are well worth listening to as they 'show and tell' about the antique furniture, etc. The sad story of losing a child will touch you. I'm thankful all this is preserved for perpetuity!

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