Queen Emma Summer Palace

Queen Emma Summer Palace A royal residence of Hawai‘i's Queen Emma, co-founder of Queen's Medical Center. Historic landmark operated as a museum by the Daughters of Hawai‘i.
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The historic home of Hawai‘i's Queen Emma, co-founder of The Queen's Medical Center. Operated as an educational museum by Daughters of Hawai‘i.

Quilts, quilts, quilts! With Valentines Day right around the corner, it’s time to get those special gifts for the specia...
02/05/2020

Quilts, quilts, quilts! With Valentines Day right around the corner, it’s time to get those special gifts for the special people in your life. These beautiful quilts are hand stitched, locally made, and perfect for snuggling up with a good book (which we also have 📚). We’re open seven days a week, so come on by 🌺

There are still tickets available for this Saturday! Get your tickets at  https://www.hiartslab.org/events/luminaria-cir...
01/29/2020

There are still tickets available for this Saturday! Get your tickets at https://www.hiartslab.org/events/luminaria-circles-of-motion

Queen Emma was one heck of a human. This week, we explore some of the many tributes she left Hawai'i .

#hiartslab #luminariasings #daughtersofhawaii #queenemmasummerpalace #breastcancerawareness #thinkpink

Calling all vendors, crafters, and artists! Help us support the fight against Breast Cancer through our Marketplace for ...
01/14/2020

Calling all vendors, crafters, and artists!

Help us support the fight against Breast Cancer through our Marketplace for Hope on Saturday, February 1st.

All rental fees support Hope Lodge, contact HI Arts Lab if you're interested in hosting a booth and for more information.

Aloha, our New Year's hours are as follows:-Tuesday, December 31st- open from 9 AM to 12:30 PM-Wednesday, January 1st- C...
12/30/2019

Aloha, our New Year's hours are as follows:
-Tuesday, December 31st- open from 9 AM to 12:30 PM
-Wednesday, January 1st- CLOSED
-Thursday, January 2nd- open normal business hours, 9 AM to 4 PM

Mahalo and Happy New Year's from all of us at Queen Emma Summer Palace 🌺

Aloha, our holiday hours are as followed:-Tuesday, December 24th- open from 9 AM to 12:30 PM-Wednesday, December 25th- C...
12/24/2019

Aloha, our holiday hours are as followed:
-Tuesday, December 24th- open from 9 AM to 12:30 PM
-Wednesday, December 25th- CLOSED
-Thursday, December 26th- open normal business hours, 9 AM to 4 PM

Mahalo and Happy Holidays from all of us at Queen Emma Summer Palace 🌺

Mahalo for everyone who stopped by our pop-up photo booth. We had Polaroid film and digital photos available, check thes...
12/20/2019

Mahalo for everyone who stopped by our pop-up photo booth. We had Polaroid film and digital photos available, check these out!

Here’s the recap of A Christmas Night, our annual holiday event that features live entertainment, Christmas lights, bake...
12/20/2019

Here’s the recap of A Christmas Night, our annual holiday event that features live entertainment, Christmas lights, baked goods, and more! The night was filled with beautiful music and songs from Sharene Taba Harp Studio and the Emmalani Serenders, we also enjoy wonderful hula with Kumu Cathy Ostrem and finished the night with classical music played on Queen Emma’s piano by Maestro Felix Wesley.

The hale was filled with laughter and joy, as people took pictures at our pop-up photo booth, enjoyed hot cocoa and savory chili, and stocked up on their holiday sweets!

Weren’t able to make it? Don’t worry, we have more events like this coming up so stay tuned! Visit us in person or on our website at daughtersofhawaii.org

Recap of today’s beautiful tea service. Wonderful entertainment, food, and of course, tea! Mahalo nui to everyone who at...
12/09/2019

Recap of today’s beautiful tea service. Wonderful entertainment, food, and of course, tea! Mahalo nui to everyone who attended, Jeanne’s Tea Service and Ei Nei!

Weren’t able to make it? Don’t worry, we have our Easter Tea coming up in April and Christmas Tea next year. Be sure to stay tuned for details on all of our upcoming events 🌺

Queen Emma Summer Palace
12/02/2019

Queen Emma Summer Palace

Queen Emma Summer Palace
12/02/2019

Queen Emma Summer Palace

Can you spot the ānuenue that graced us today?
10/18/2019

Can you spot the ānuenue that graced us today?

09/20/2019

Do you love learning, history, and people? Join the ʻohana at Queen Emma Summer Palace greeting visitors and leading museum tours.

We are looking for personable, energetic, and highly organized individuals committed to making the royal homes special for all guests. The successful Palace Guide will bring the history and stories of the royal family to life, leading interpretive, guided tours with exceptional hospitality and providing each guest with a memorable, welcoming experience. Those with a desire to share Hawai‘i’s history and culture with guests will best fit this position. Must be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and on weekends, to work a flexible schedule. Shifts are 5-7 hours long between 8:45 AM to 4 PM. The position is part-time with the potential to move to full-time.

09/20/2019

Do you love learning, history, and people? Join the ʻohana at the Queen Emma Summer Palace greeting and assisting visitors in the Gift Shop.

We are looking for enthusiastic and people savvy individuals to join our Gift Shop, as Sales Assistants to assist guests from greeting through checkout. The successful sales assistant will provide excellent customer service, meet sales goals, and work effectively with the shop manager and team members. Those with a passion for Hawaiian history and culture, and the desire to share with guests will best fit this position. Must be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and on weekends, to work a flexible schedule. Shifts are from 8:45 AM to 4 PM.

The entertainment has begun! See you today at Queen Emma Summer Palace!
09/14/2019

The entertainment has begun! See you today at Queen Emma Summer Palace!

Make sure to stop by and get your lei po'o Saturday at Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace.
09/13/2019

Make sure to stop by and get your lei po'o Saturday at Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace.

Help us celebrate Daughter Barbara Nobriga and her many accomplishments and contributions to our community—we are truly ...
08/31/2019
Paniolo Preservation Society at Pukalani Stables

Help us celebrate Daughter Barbara Nobriga and her many accomplishments and contributions to our community—we are truly honored and blessed to know her!

Barbara is a long standing member and currently serves as an advisor on the Daughters of Hawai'i Board of Directors.

Our latest blog post is up! We are going to be honoring Barbara Nobriga at Old Hawaii on Horseback on September 14th from 10am to 1pm at Waikiʻi Ranch, click here to find out why... Have you bought your tickets yet? #oldhawaiionhorseback

08/21/2019

Do you love learning, history, and people? Join the ʻohana at Queen Emma Summer Palace greeting visitors and leading museum tours.

We are looking for personable, energetic, and highly organized individuals committed to making the royal homes special for all guests. The successful Palace Guide will bring the history and stories of the royal family to life, leading interpretive, guided tours with exceptional hospitality and providing each guest with a memorable, welcoming experience. Those with a desire to share Hawai‘i’s history and culture with guests will best fit this position. Must be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and on weekends, to work a flexible schedule. Shifts are 5-7 hours long between 8:45 AM to 4 PM. The position is part-time with the potential to move to full-time.

08/21/2019

Do you love learning, history, and people? Join the ʻohana at the Queen Emma Summer Palace greeting and assisting visitors in the Gift Shop.

We are looking for enthusiastic and people savvy individuals to join our Gift Shop, as Sales Assistants to assist guests from greeting through checkout. The successful sales assistant will provide excellent customer service, meet sales goals, and work effectively with the shop manager and team members. Those with a passion for Hawaiian history and culture, and the desire to share with guests will best fit this position. Must be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and on weekends, to work a flexible schedule. Shifts are from 8:45 AM to 4 PM.

08/17/2019
Kama'aina Termite and Pest Control

Mahalo nui to Mike and the team at Kamaʻāina!

Happy Admission Day! We recently fumigated historic Queen Emma Summer Palace in Nu'uanu. Check out the video.

#KamaainaTermite #kamaaina #HawaiiPestControl #fumigation #TermiteInspection #bedbugs #bugs #HawaiiRealtors #HiCentral #HiRealtors #RealEstateHawaii #oahurealestate #luckywelivehawaii #alohastate #fleasticks #homeshow #hawaiirealestate

07/05/2019

Do you love learning, history, and people? Join the ʻohana at Queen Emma Summer Palace greeting visitors and leading museum tours.

We are looking for personable, energetic, and highly organized individuals committed to making the royal homes special for all guests. The successful Palace Guide will bring the history and stories of the royal family to life, leading interpretive, guided tours with exceptional hospitality and providing each guest with a memorable, welcoming experience. Those with a desire to share Hawai‘i’s history and culture with guests will best fit this position.

05/12/2019
Queen Emma Summer Palace

Pickup your signed copy on May 18!

Enjoy a fable of the mischievous Kōlea bird, the battle of Mokuʻōhai and uniting a kingdom!

With the passing of Hurricane Lane, we have re-opened and resumed normal business hours. We look forward to seeing you a...
08/27/2018
Palaces Re-Open and Resume Normal Business Hours

With the passing of Hurricane Lane, we have re-opened and resumed normal business hours. We look forward to seeing you at the Palace soon!

With the passing of Hurricane Lane, Huliheʻe Palace on Hawaiʻi Island and Queen Emma Summer Palace on Oʻahu re-opened on …

Due to Hurricane Lane, Queen Emma Summer Palace will be closed beginning Thursday, August 23 until further notice. All p...
08/24/2018
Palaces Closed Due to Hurricane Lane - The Daughters of Hawai‘i

Due to Hurricane Lane, Queen Emma Summer Palace will be closed beginning Thursday, August 23 until further notice. All programs and classes are canceled during this time.

The museum team will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and reschedule programs and classes once the storm passes. Please check back or visit the website for updates on the museum's reopening.

For more information about the Summer Palace's closing, please email [email protected] or call (808) 595-6291 on Oʻahu.

Please take care and be safe!

Queen Emma Summer Palace on Oʻahu and Huliheʻe Palace on Hawaiʻi Island will be closed beginning Thursday, August 23 until …

Watching Ka Hae Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian flag) being raised over ʻIolani Palace yesterday at 10:45am with thousand of Hawai...
01/19/2018

Watching Ka Hae Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian flag) being raised over ʻIolani Palace yesterday at 10:45am with thousand of Hawaiians, from Keiki to Kūpuna, was priceless.

Next Thursday, Jan 25, from 5:30-7pm, the Daughters of Hawaiʻi will host a lecture detailing the history of our flag. Manu Boyd and Lāiana Kānoa-Wong will be the presenters and a special display will also be held.

01/10/2018

Visitors to Hānaiakamalama - Queen Emma Summer Palace this morning were treated to a surprise performance from pianist Robert Nakea who performed Etudes of Frederic Chopin.

Robert shared stories of Queen Emma who was also an accomplished pianist and of his interest in a book of mele (songs) that Rod Sipp composed for Queen Emma. Rod Sipp was a pianist for Queen Victoria, a contemporary and friend of Queen Emma.

Mahalo Leʻo Hafoka for sharing your video.

01/08/2018

Mālama i Kou Kino (Care for Your Body) -

Hatha Yoga starts again tomorrow (Monday, 8 Jan) with
Instructor Stephanie Marrack.

There will be 3 classes in January (8, 22, and 29) from 11am- 12:30pm in the Emmalani Hale, Hānaiakamalama - Queen Emma Summer Palace.

No class on January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Day

Bring yoga mat, block and strap (limited extra available)

Leper Colony EstablishedToday (6 January) in 1866, the first leprosy patients were taken to Kalawao, establishing the le...
01/07/2018

Leper Colony Established

Today (6 January) in 1866, the first leprosy patients were taken to Kalawao, establishing the leper colony on the remote Makanalua peninsula, on Molokaʻi’s northern shore.

Between 1866 and 1949, nearly 8,000 men, women, and children suffering from Hansen’s disease (aka leprosy) were forcibly separated from their ‘ohana (family) and taken to the leper colony. The initial settlers established a community in Kalawao, and later with much support from the Hawaiian government and the Catholic Church (most notably Saint Damien and Saint Marianne Cope), the settlement shifted to Kalaupapa.

Not limited to just maka‘āinana
(commoners), the banishment was enforced for all classes to include the ali‘i. In fact, Queen Emma’s cousin, Peter Young Kāʻeo Kekuaokalani, was sent to Makanalua for 3 years. A high chief, he was one of the 16 royal children educated at the Chiefs’ Children’s School (later called Royal School) along side Queen Emma and others who became rulers of the Hawaiian Kingdom. A compilation of 122 letters written in English between Queen Emma and Peter during the 3-year period he lived at the leper colony was published in a book entitled News from Molokai, edited by Alfons L. Korn. While Peter was allowed to return and resume his post as a member of the Hawaiian Legislature, the vast majority of the thousands sent, languished and died there. As evidence to the harsh existence experienced by the earlier residents, only 1,300 graves were found by the National Park Service leaving 6,700 people who died there and were presumably buried in unmarked graves.

The Daughters of Hawai'i appreciated the Hawaiian Historical Society's post with regard to Queen Emma's visit to New Yor...
01/05/2018

The Daughters of Hawai'i appreciated the Hawaiian Historical Society's post with regard to Queen Emma's visit to New York. She was the first queen to visit America. On August 8, 1866, the ship Java carrying the Queen announced her arrival by displaying the Hawaiian Royal standard as it sailed up the Hudson River. The Secretary of Treasury's instructions were to sound a gun salute upon her arrival from the customs steamer Jasmine. Thankfully, the signal was not communicated as she arrived at 5 in the morning. Allowing the Queen to rest and ready herself, the streamer Jasmine pulled up to the Java at 10:30 a.m. and delivered the 13-gun salute.

The following day, New York Times described Queen Emma as "well formed and graceful in her movements. Her features are quite regular, her eyes dark, large and lustrous, and the expression of her face when in repose is rather sad than otherwise....When interested in conversation her expression is extremely pleasing, and she is eminently distinguished by the easy grace which marks the accomplished lady, which no doubt she is."

She remained in New York until 13 August when she boarded a special train provided by the U.S. Government in order that she could meet that evening with President Andrew Johnson.

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With Hugh Jackman starring in a Hollywood film as "The Greatest Showman," the amazing story of Phineas Taylor [P. T.] Barnum and his "Greatest Show on Earth" is garnering lots of attention.

Did you know that in 1866, soon after Queen Emma Kaleleonālani Naʻea Rooke arrived in New York City on her way home from visiting Queen Victoria of Great Britain in London, the world's greatest showman sent the Hawaiian Royal a letter inviting her to his "New American Museum"! That letter is part of our colleagues' collection at the Hawai'i State Archives.

One more reminder of Hawaiʻi's magnificent place in the world in the 19th century.

[Queen Emma Manuscript Collection, M-45, Hawaiʻi State Archives]

Another legacy of excellence in Hawaiʻi possible only through the vision and dedication of Queen Emma.
01/04/2018

Another legacy of excellence in Hawaiʻi possible only through the vision and dedication of Queen Emma.

This Sunday, January 7th, 2018, the Daughters of Hawaiʻi will join the Royal Societies at the 8 a.m. mass to honor Queen Emma at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, one of her many legacies.

King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma were principal factors for the establishment of the Anglican Church to Hawaiʻi. Their petition to Queen Victoria culminated in the consecration of Thomas Nettleship Staley at Lambeth Palace on December 15, 1861 as Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of Honolulu.

Originally, the church was called the Hawaiian Reformed Catholic Church and its first services were held on October 12, 1862. A wooden Pro-Cathedral was built on part of the Royal Garden that the King and Queen had donated to the Church. However, with the passing of King Kamehameha IV on St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, 1863, his brother King Kamehameha V was moved to dedicate the new cathedral to St. Andrew as a fitting memorial to his brother King Kamehameha IV.

The Dowager Queen Emma continued to personally lead the Cathedral project, traveling to England to raise money, to commission architects, and to purchase stone from Caen in Normandy, which was shipped to Hawai`i as ballast in sailing ships. Because of the Queen’s vision unyielding dedication to erecting the Cathdral as a memorial to her husband, the first phase of the Cathedral was completed in time for Christmas 1886. Unfortunately, Queen Emma did not worship in the Cathedral having passed away on St. Mark’s Day in 1885.

Today, the Episcopal Church of the United States honors King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma each year on November 28, the anniversary of their Confirmation in 1862.

Today, in honor of Queen Emma’s 182 birthday observation, the Daughters of Hawaiʻi joined the Royal Societies at Mauna ʻ...
01/03/2018

Today, in honor of Queen Emma’s 182 birthday observation, the Daughters of Hawaiʻi joined the Royal Societies at Mauna ʻAla then gathered at Queen’s to hear Dr. Nadine Tenn Salle, the 2017 Community Based Physician of the Year, deliver an inspirational speech about the trifecta of Queen Emma’s legacies: St. Andrew’s Priory (caring for the mind), Queen’s Medical Center (caring for the body), and St. Andrew’s Cathedral (caring for the spirit). Afterwards, the Daughters co-hosted with Queen Emma Hawaiian Civic Club a reception at Hānaiakamalama -Queen Emma Summer Palace which continued until late afternoon.

The U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 recognizes The Queen’s Medical Center as a “Best Hospital” in Honolulu! Out of over 4,500 hospitals across the country, U.S. News & World Report looked for the top 50 in 16 specialties. As a result of the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff, we were ranked in the top 50 in 5 specialties nationally, and were rated in the top 10% of hospitals in 4 other specialties. We are the only hospital in Hawaii to be nationally ranked in any specialty, and one of only 152 hospitals in the nation ranked in one or more specialty. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. We are honored, and proud to serve Hawaii.

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2913 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI
96817

From Waikiki: #4 From Downtown Honolulu: #55, #57, # 57A #65

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(808) 595-3167

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Hānaiakamalama, more commonly known as Queen Emma Summer Palace, was the secluded mountain-home and summer retreat of Queen Emma of Hawai‘i from 1857 to 1885, her husband King Kamehameha IV and their son, Prince Albert Edward.

Originally built in 1847, the Daughters of Hawai‘i acquired the home in 1915, narrowly avoiding the demolition of the house and construction of a baseball field on the grounds. The Territorial Government granted the Daughters the use of the home and 22,750 square feet of the grounds.

Hānaiakamalama is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses a collection of Queen Emma’s belongings, antiques, furnishings and royal regalia. Today, the Summer Palace is a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site preserved and operated by the Daughters of Hawaiʻi.

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