Oahu Attractions, Queen Emma Summer Palace

Oahu Attractions | Queen Emma Summer Palace

The Queen Emma Summer Palace is an interesting Oahu Attraction that speaks to the history of the Island.

2913 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817

The Queen Emma Summer Palace is an Oahu Attraction that all visitors will enjoy, but it holds special interest for history enthusiasts.

About Queen Emma Summer Palace:
Queen Emma Summer Palace is referred to by the natives as the Hānaiakamalama. The term means, “The foster child of the moon” and the artifacts on display provide a glimpse into the life of Queen Emma at her former summer home. This is 1 of the Oahu Attractions that is steeped in Hawaiian history, and will give you an understanding and appreciation of the importance of the Hawaiian Islands. 

The palace home, located in the Nuʻuanu Valley, is situated where many of the Hawaiian Chiefs and royalty traveled to escape the summer heat of Honolulu. Built in 1848, parts of the home were built in Boston and shipped to Hawaii. The current grounds are beautifully maintained by the Daughters of Hawaii, and are lush with native flowers. The Palace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Queen Emma Summer Palace is now a Museum and holds the treasures of Emma and her husband, King Kamehameha IV. The house entrance boasts a royal coat of arms and a kāhili. The kāhili was a testament to the Hawaiian royals and was made from the bones of an enemy king and decorated with the feathers from birds of prey. This and many other objects can be seen during a tour of the palace.

Within the collection of beds and furnishings, you will find a number of items given to the family by world dignitaries such as an porcelain jardinière given by Emperor Meiji to King Kalākaua. In the Edinburgh Room you will find china sent by Queen Victoria, and in the center hallway there is a stereopticon given by Napoleon III during the Queen’s visit to France.

The cradle of Queen Emma’s beloved son and his silver christening vessel, another gift from Queen Victoria, can be found in the front rooms of the palace along with a number of fine portraits of Queen Emma of Hawaii, Prince Albert Edward Kauikeaouli, and other members of Hawaiian royalty.

Add a visit to this fascinating Oahu Attraction to your list of things to do during your visit to the Island.

Sunday – Saturday 9:00 to 4:00

General - $8/$10
Kama‘āina & seniors - $6/$8
Children 17 & under - $1