Queen Emma Summer Palace

Hanaiakamalama--Queen Emma Summer Palace

Queen Emma Summer Palace or Hānaiakamalama, 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. Queen Emma inherited the home from her uncle, John Young II, son of John Young I an advisor to King Kamehameha I. Situated in the coolness of Nu‘uanu Valley, the home was used as a retreat for the royal family to escape the oppressive heat of Honolulu.

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 as long as the home was used and maintained as a museum. Hānaiakamalama is listed on the National Historic Registry and houses a collection of Queen Emma’s belongings, antiques, furnishings and royal regalia. Today the Palace is a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site preserved by the Daughters of Hawai‘i.


Hours of Operation
Sunday: 10 AM – 3 PM
Monday-Saturday: 9 AM – 4 PM
Closed on Major Holidays
Palace Admission
$10 General Admission
$8 Kama‘āina with ID
$8 Military & Seniors with ID
$1 Children 5-17
Guided Tours*
Free with Admission
Sunday: 11 AM and 1 PM
10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM

*Tours are subject to docent availability.

Group Tours 
For groups of more than 10 people, please call one-week prior to visiting to schedule a guided tour (808) 451-0012.

School Field Trips
Our tour teaches keiki an important part of Hawaiian history as they walk through the former summer home of Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV, and their son Prince Albert, and learn of the royal family’s contributions to Hawaiʻi education, healthcare, and culture. We recommend a guided tour for K-12 levels and require that school organizers bring one chaperone for every 10 students.

For tour prices and to make arrangements for your school field trip, please email Kendra at kendra@daughtersofhawaii.org or call (808) 451-0012.

Because the Palace was built in the nineteenth century, access may not be available for visitors who have difficulties climbing stairs. We are happy to make alternative arrangements for visitors who have difficulty climbing stairs. Please call (808) 451-0012 in advance to make arrangements.


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