Explore Queen Emma’s PalaceO‘ahu

On your way to the Pali Lookout, you might want to stop for a quick tour of QUEEN EMMA’S SUMMER PALACE. It is an airy, colonnaded New England-style house of simple and practical design.

Known as Hanai‘akamalama, the palace is named for a demigoddess who was a foster child of the moon. The house became a summer retreat for Queen Emma, the wife of King Kamehameha IV. Together, they were the royal couple responsible for Queen’s Hospital (today the Queen’s

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Medical Center) and Saint Andrew’s Cathedral.

Nestled in the secluded uplands of Nu‘uanu Valley, the white-frame summer home is now surrounded by a lush garden and is maintained by the Daughters of Hawai‘i Preservation Society as a museum. They care for the paintings of royalty, the fine Victorian furniture and the little koa-wood cradle that held the queen’s son, Prince Albert, heir to the Hawaiian throne and godson of England’s Queen Victoria who died at the age of 4.