Queen Emma Summer Palace

Queen Emma Summer Palace, Honolulu: Hours, Address, Queen Emma Summer Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

Queen Emma Summer Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Queen Emma Summer Palace or Hanaiakamalama (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'aina & Seniors: $8 Children 5-17 $1. Open Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM, Mondays through Saturdays 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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John B
Chicago, IL8 contributions
Off the beaten path
Sep 2021
It was a little hard to get to via public transportation so we took an Uber. They close for lunch and appear closed with only one employee working so we didn't know where to check-in for our reservation. The employee gave us a private guided tour with one other couple and answered all our questions. We definitely saw unique items we hadn't seen elsewhere. All in all, we spent about an hour here.
Written September 22, 2021
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Rebecca O
Ridgewood, NY1,417 contributions
Trip to the palace
Sep 2020
We took the bus to get here so it wound up being an all day thing. It was very cool though! They have parking if you drive. Per person was $10. We enjoyed our bus ride also.
Written July 11, 2021
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Kathy76
Boise, ID14 contributions
Beautiful
Apr 2021
Part of it was under revision but what we did see was neat. The gardens are beautiful. Staff were very friendly.
Written April 30, 2021
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Fleeing Boston
Boston, MA18 contributions
Nice, manageable-scale way to experience some Hawaiian history
Feb 2021
It's a nice small scale place to learn some Hawaiian history. The house was shipped from Boston disassembled and reassembled on site - so being from Boston it was an oddly dislocating place to be in. Cost as noted is still correct - prebooked tours are the *only* way you can visit during COVID, and they are scheduled every couple of hours through the day with a limit of 4 people per tour group. The guided tour is part of the regular admission charge. Covid protocols firmly in place.
Written February 23, 2021
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Travelcooking
London, UK3,752 contributions
Breezy summer Palace
Dec 2019
This is small house is packed with history. As is name describe it, this is where royalty spend its summers. The garden its beautiful with plants and trees planted by royalties. The soft breeze makes it a perfect place for a summer retreat. Nice place to visit.
Written July 2, 2020
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RaringtoGo8
Toronto, Canada209 contributions
A ncie little stop
Jun 2019
This ia a nice little stop if you're driving around the island, but I wouldn't say this is a must-see. Pretty grounds and garden around the house.
Written May 25, 2020
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Don H
Georgetown, Canada100 contributions
Good Exhibition of Hawaiian History
Feb 2020
Queen Emma's Summer Palace makes a nice start to a round-Diamond head tour . The house is well furnished with historic items from the Queen & family. The fact sheet for the self-guided tour is easy to read and informative. Volunteer hostesses are availabe to happily answer your questions.
Written March 19, 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,898 contributions
Needs Some Repair Outside
Feb 2020
As you head up the Pali Highway you will go by the drive into Queen Emma's Summer Palace. You have to be watchful for the sign that is after Laimi Road. the sign is at the drive on the right but if you pass it you can take the next 3 rights and go back on around to the Pali Road again at Laimi Road.
The Palace is filled with period furniture and much of it is from the Queen. The docent said that the queen was able to see the ocean from the front porch but not anymore with all the buildings that are there now.
The inside includes a music room, 2 bedrooms, entry hall, a large gathering room with display cabinets.
Outside there is a small stream that runs along side of the property with some gardens.
The ticket office also is a gift shop.
Written March 19, 2020
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Kenneth R
31 contributions
Peaceful
May 2019
Queen Emma Summer Palace on the Pali Highway is in the more air condition parts of the island. It often sees a little bit more rain too. Its very peaceful relaxing location.
Written March 6, 2020
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Studyhardallday
Waianae, HI95 contributions
Amazing
May 2019
A beautiful way to spend the day. Best place to have a picnic or family outing. Great place to order food from a nice restaurant and sit and enjoy the food and have a nice picnic.
Written January 31, 2020
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Queen Emma Summer Palace is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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