Explore Queen Emma’s Palace

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QUEEN EMMA’S SUMMER PALACE is an airy, colonnaded New England-style house of simple and practical design.

Known as Hanaiakamalama, 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 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 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. Visit daughtersofhawaii.org for updates.