Built in 1847 the Queen Emma Summer Palace is a completely furnished and restored vacation home from the Hawaiian monarchy era.
It contains Hawaiian artifacts and quilts from the queen and her husband King Kamehameha IV. Group and school tours are available as well as audio tours.
In addition Hawaiian language and quilting classes are offered. I definitely recommend a stop here as something off the beaten tourist track.
The summer palace is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:00pm. For docent guided tours please arrive no later than 3:00pm.
Admission prices are as follows:
$6 for seniors aged 62+ & Kamaaina (self-guided)
$8 adults (self-guided)
$8 seniors aged 62+ & Kamaaina (docent guided)
$10 adults (docent guide)
$1 for children aged 5-17 (self-guided & docent guided)
Reservations are required for groups of 20 or more. The address is 2913 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817. Telephone is 808-595-3167.
Visiting the palace is good for those who would like to learn more about Hawaiian history. The docents here are very passionate about what they do and know lots of little stories about her quilts, tea sets and various furnishings.
They are able to make history come alive before your eyes. A good glimpse of what the childhood of Prince Albert was like is gained during the tour as well.
Keep in mind that the palace is not a palace in the traditional sense. It is a restored home from the 18th century but the queen preferred its valley location due to the cooler temperatures and breezes. This home offered an escape from the daily pressures of running a monarchy.
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