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Queen Emma Summer Palace

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Address: 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
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+1 808-595-3167
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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 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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very interesting history lesson

We went in February.We had a very knowledgable guide She knew her history and was very pleasant. They even let us pay after the tour. They were short handed that day but did not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in February.We had a very knowledgable guide She knew her history and was very pleasant. They even let us pay after the tour. They were short handed that day but did not rush us out. excellant

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stop by on your way to the Pali out look or Kailua Beaches. Get a glimpse of Queen Emma Summer palace and learn about the sad history of her son Prince Albert and also her husband who died of a broken heart after his son's death.

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Clifton Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While certainly not as revealing as the Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace, it's a great stop for anyone interested in Hawaiian royal history.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving up to the north shore and we saw a sign on the side of the road and we turned in, what a pleasant surprise. It was relative early in the day and we were the first to visit. We met a very nice lady who explained how a number of the docents are actually blood line relatives back to... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a true hidden gem. Really nicely presented and curated. Great staff to guide you through with entire history and stories of this royal family of Hawaii. A little bit out of the way to get to, definitely helps to have a car. It closes at 4pm !

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Wellington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Of all the "historical" tours we have taken in Hawaii, this was the least informative. It is a relatively small property with few historical artifacts. Those interested in Hawaiian history would be wise to visit the Iolani Palace and/or the Bishop Museum instead

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Austin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Missed the turn and made the next right turn and came in the back side. And what a wonderful surprise to end a long day. Got senior $8 tkts in the gift shop and proceeded to the front portico. Shoes off! was the command at the entrance and everything else was gentle and refined. We were there an hour with... More 

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houston, texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Located just off the Pali Hiway the Summer Palace is a museum similar to the Bishop Museum, only smaller. It is essentially a house with a half dozen rooms which the Ali'i (Hawaiian royalty) retreated to for relaxation. Grounds are pretty, nice gift shop, plan 20-30 minutes if you avoid the docent who is a bit windy with excruciating detail.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We drove to this from our hotel. We missed the entrance once but it was easy to find it the second time around. We had a wonderful docent; they love this little home in the hills. Good history and culture.

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Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is the building that was Queen Emma's summer home. You buy your tickets in the gift store which has some very nice items. The tour includes having a docent take you through each of the rooms who tells you about some of the history of the royal family and the items in the room. The information supplemented some of... More 

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