Queen Emma Summer Palace
Queen Emma Summer Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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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
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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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kccote
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Family
Definitely worth the visit if your into architecture, history and rain forests. I saw some complaints about the fees but you have to remember that the only thing supporting the museum are the entry tickets. I enjoyed learning more about Queen Emma and seeing the original furniture. What craftsmanship! Definitely check out the gift shop for locally crafted items. This is also a great stop on the way to Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout.
Written 18 August 2022
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RichH6109
Yorkshire75 contributions
Family
I won’t lie and say there’s a great deal to do at the Queen Emma palace. On a non-guided tour, we took around 25 minutes to see the site. Considering this, the entry price (for adults at least) is a little steep.

However, we visited after being stuck on the road for more than two hours so we were thankful of the tranquility and the airy spaces. As part of the Go Card it’s probably worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written 4 August 2022
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Denise R
Sydney, Australia29 contributions
Absolutely amazing place to learn about the overthrow of the Hawaiian Islands by the US. The palace is in pristine condition and full of Hawaiian history.
Written 3 August 2022
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k Schroeder
Omaha, NE8 contributions
Lovely self-guided tour of the summer palace, beautiful setting and furniture throughout. Wonderful history.
Written 19 July 2022
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Anthony D
Oahu, HI3 contributions
Queen Emma Summer Palace was a fantastic place to visit with your family or even with couples. This was the perfect place for my family to Visit in Honolulu.
Written 21 June 2022
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Vici S
17 contributions
I would definitely suggest the docent tour of the summer palace or else I don't know that you will get much out of it. This is a beautiful home with an interesting story. Give yourself about 45 minutes to visit.
Written 28 May 2022
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waldentenn
Signal Mountain, TN794 contributions
This little house museum is in a nice setting on the Pali Highway. It is self-guided and essentially focuses on the furniture. Probably not your first choice of attractions on Oahu but nicely done for what it is.
Written 26 December 2021
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John B
Chicago, IL8 contributions
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 22 September 2021
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Rebecca O
Ridgewood, NY1,431 contributions
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 11 July 2021
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Kathy76
Boise, ID15 contributions
Part of it was under revision but what we did see was neat. The gardens are beautiful. Staff were very friendly.
Written 30 April 2021
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Queen Emma Summer Palace is open:
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  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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