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Queen Emma Summer Palace

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Address: 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-1417
Phone Number: 18085953167
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Great historic summer palace of Queen Emma

Tucked away in the upper reaches of Nuuanu Valley, this Gem of a location is a must see. Filled with historical items and antiques of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Malillysr
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away in the upper reaches of Nuuanu Valley, this Gem of a location is a must see. Filled with historical items and antiques of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

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Chula Vista, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While Hawaii's native rulers seem to be everywhere, this is a true hands on place where you can get an idea of how they lived.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A small summer home with many historical artifacts. You will need to take off your shoes and the home is best toured with a guide. If you understand the Hawaiian history this has much more meaning. This a great complement to the Bishop Museum. Do the Bishop Museum first! Bring lunch for a picnic on the stone patio!

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Yakima, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

This is the summer home of Queen Emma. There is a small fee but well worth it. It is filled with artifacts from the home. Be sure to visit with the docent. The history of the home is quite interesting. The grounds are lovely as well. There is a small gift shop.

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Aberdeen, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Admittedly, we probably would not have visited Queen Emma Summer Palace if my daughter's name was not 'Emma.' But I am so glad we did. The woman working there had such an amazing knowledge of Hawaiian royalty, specifically, the Kamehemehas. The furnishings were beautiful, all authentic and original to the home. If you are interested at all in Hawaiian history,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

This place is a wonderful site to visit. The guide we had was a Hawaiian studies major and gave us an excellent history of Hawaii and the Hawaiian monarchy. He was able to talk about the politics involved in the Hawaiian monarchy and how the US was involved. The gardens are beautiful too! Excellent way to spend a day!

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Adair, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

They say it's a little bit cooler in this part of the island in the summertime, I can't tell the difference but this palace is worth a look see! Beautiful place!

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El Paso
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is such a small place that it is best to do the free tour with the other visitors or just do it really fast on your own and take pictures. Don't go if you don't want to take off your shoes.

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key west and new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Home of Queen Emma, this welcoming house that was shipped from Boston in the 1800's is peaceful with lovely grounds and many artifacts of Hawaiian royal life. A charming place showing the simple lifestyle before development.

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Belleville, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Not much to this tour. One floor and you can look in the rooms. Interesting part of history and interesting pieces of furniture. Just not all that much to see, but I am glad we made the stop.

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