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Queen Emma Summer Palace

2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-1417
+1 808-595-3167
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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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2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-1417
+1 808-595-3167
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A bit out of the normal tourist area but worth the trip. Educational and the staff is knowlegeable and ready to answer any questions. Very relaxing and low keyed

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful old home was a jewel set in a lush small lot above Honolulu. Staff is extremely knowledgeable. Our docent told the story very well and we were totally mesmerized by the details of the queens life. Definitely a quick tour to add to your...More

1  Thank kauboi
Reviewed 1 week ago

We watched a short film on the history of the palace prior o visiting the inside. Interesting look at local life. Well worth a visit

Thank Marysems
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took this tour with my parents. We had an excellent tour guide who through her enthusiasm and knowledge really brought the house and history to life.

1  Thank jenniferab653
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely Take the guided tour, its a small house with lots of history we waited 30mins for the tour to start and it took about 40 minutes. its worth the wait. The house has been there since 1840 so you can imagine compressing the history...More

1  Thank Edmil Q
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in the hills above Honolulu, and relatively easy to get to by bus. As common in Hawaii, shoes are removed to go inside (they have covers for those who don't want to remove their shoes). Volunteers take you through each room explaining all of...More

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nuuanu is one of my old haunts, my best friend lived here! This spot is a lovely reminder of old royal Hawaii....sad it is all gone.

Thank Aulani M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Please take the time to see is house it is the type of place that is so full of history and is beautiful

Thank 301elaine
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We lucked the Princes Birthday Celebration Day - so everything we saw had so much more meaning, but even without this the building and the exhibits are worth the trip up the Pali Highway a very short distance. Volunteers are exceptionally well versed in the...More

1  Thank JimB_from_AUS
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Do you want to learn the history of Hawaii, I would recommend going to the Palace. Great information, the tour doesn't take long, It's a self guided tour with a headset, just following the instructions. Also keep you hands off everything, you can take pictures...More

Thank Anthony J
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