2022 Day at Hānaiakamalama, the Queen Emma Summer Palace Festival

It’s that time of year!

Our cherished community festival for Hānaiakamalama is returning on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 9 AM to 2 PM as an in-person event! We are excited to open the doors and welcome kama‘āina and visitors to: tour the Palace, enjoy the grounds, immerse in a variety of Native Hawaiian arts and crafts with cultural practitioners, enter our drawing to win a Hawaiian quilt, enjoy the Daughters’ famous jams and jellies, and support local vendors and artisans, while enjoying musical entertainment and ‘ono food.

All proceeds from the Day go towards the historic preservation, maintenance and operations of the Palace and grounds.

Enter for your chance to win a King Size Hawaiian Quilt with Two Shams in the very special and elegant Lei Rosalinda quilt design. This pattern is in Wedgwood Blue on off-white with a beautiful border that softens the design and is easy on the eye, it is sure to enhance any room in your home. Kenui Quilts has been quilting for more than 28 years, bringing the best in Hawaiian Quilting. Master crafts-women take the time to ensure each quilt is handmade to be the most beautiful Hawaiian Quilt possible.

Suggested $5 donation per ticket. Winner must be 18 years or older and NO PURCHASE OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER TO WIN. The Drawing will take place at 1:45 PM HST on September 10, 2022 and the winner will be notified at that time.

Tickets are $10 General, $5 Youth (5 – 12 yrs), and $1 Children (4yrs & Under) and are available for purchase at the entrance. Entrances will open at 8:30 AM at the Queen Emma Summer Palace at 2913 Pali Hwy, and at Nuʻuanu Valley Park.

Self-guided Palace tours are included with entry to the festival. Tours are not redeemable for another date.

We recommend everyone dress comfortably and casually. Out of respect for Queen Emma, torsos must be fully covered before entering the Palace Museum. Sunblock hats, and visors are highly recommended while enjoying the festival.

Free festival parking is available adjacent to the Palace at Nuʻuanu Valley Park at 2925 Pali Hwy. The parking lot will open for attendees starting at 8:00 AM. Parking is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, we highly recommend carpooling, public transportation, or ride-shares like Uber and Lyft.

As is tradition, we’re looking forward to an incredible line-up of Hawaiian music and hula performances throughout our 2022 Day at Hānaiakamalama Festival.

Meet Walea, pictured L-R on the Prince Albert Terrace at Hānaiakamalama: David Kekoa Woodward, Kū Koanui-Souza, and Kings Kalohelani.

We are pleased to announce this year’s headline performance by Walea! Fresh off winning THREE Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards earlier this year, we are so excited and very honored to welcome this talented trio to the stage at Hānaiakamalama at 11 AM! 

Founded in 2018, Walea, meaning to relax, have a good time; to be so familiar that one places not effort,” is a trio that will take you on a musical journey back to old Hawaiʻi. The men of Walea with their ʻono Hawaiian music will entice you to want to sing or even dance a hula.

Their debut album Lei Pāpahi won three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards:

  • Most Promising Artists of the Year: Best first-recorded effort as a featured artist or group.
  • Liner Notes of the Year: Best achievement in album cover design by Ku Koanui-Souza and Desi Nuʻuhiwa Koanui-Souza.
  • Haku Mele of the Year: Composer’s award. Best first-release song or chant primarily in the Hawaiian language for Koʻolau Waltz composed by Kalani K. Akana.

At 11 AM listen to Walea’s live performance, then buy their CD at the gift shop, order direct, or download from iTunes.

“E walea kākou!”

See below for a first look at our entertainment lineup for the festival and when they’ll perform, so you can plan accordingly!

Host & Emcee Kainoa Daines

We are pleased to introduce this year’s Festival Host & Emcee, Calabash Cousin Kainoa Daines! Kainoa is a strong supporter of our lovely organization and is always promoting and encouraging kamaʻāina and visitors to learn our history, and celebrate our aliʻi while visiting the Palaces!

9 AM Royal Hawaiian Band

Founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III, Queen Emma’s father-in-law, the Royal Hawaiian Band is the only full time municipal band in the United States with a real legacy and is currently an agency of the City and County of Honolulu.

9:45 AM Pumehana Wadsworth, Harp Hawaiʻi

Pumehana Davis Wadsworth discovered the harp at the age of 5 and began professional symphonic work on Oʻahu and Maui in her teens. For over 35 years, she has performed at weddings, special events, and romantic restaurants. Enjoy her performance in the Edinburgh Ballroom!

10:15 AM Lorene Godfrey

The melodious singer Lorene Godfrey will delight us with her talented vocals and guitar solo.

12:15 PM Barrie Kealoha

Talented Barrie Kealoha Linberg will present Island Girl, a celebration of her Hawaiian heritage through song, stories, and lots of aloha!

1 PM Hālau Nā Pua Hala Kūnou i ke Kai

Hālau Nā Pua Hala Kūnou i ke Kai was established in 2010 and is based in Nuʻuanu, Oʻahu. Under the direction of Kumu Hula Lauren Kanoelani Chang Williams, the hālau will feature their Intermediate Keiki, the Wāhine class, and guest dancers from the Punahou Alumni Glee Club! Kumu Kanoe is a longtime friend of the Daughters of Hawaiʻi and always a generous supporter.

We’re selling all of our offerings from the Chef’s Table in the Country Store! Last year we quickly sold out, so be sure to pickup your order right away during the Day at Hānaiakamalama. All items will be available for purchase at the festival Country Store.


Who can resist the lil’ bit sweet and lil’ bit smoky (and sometimes a lil’ bit sticky) huli huli chicken!? We sure can’t! Order your tasty and juicy huli huli chicken by MEAN DA CHICKEN for pickup at the festival. $14 chicken plates also available.


A local favorite to have ready-to-go in your freezer at any time! Mountain View Farms in Waiʻanae, uses natural farming methods to raise local, organic, vegan-fed pigs with no antibiotics, steroids, vaccines, growth promoters or added hormones. Savor this perfectly salted, kiawe smoked deliciousness!


Enjoy the ultra-moist and perfectly sweet, Famous Hawaiian Sweet Bread by Punaluʻu Bake Shop! Traditional, Guava, and Taro Sweet Breads are perfect for sandwiches, french toast, or slathered with the Daughtersʻ jams and jellies!


Hawaiʻi loves Oxtail Soup, this ultimate local comfort food is nourishing and soothing! The classic dish is perfect to have on-hand for those chilly island nights, or when you need a warm hug served in a bowl with a large scoop rice.


Delicious island style Turkey Neck Soup like grandma used to make! This local comfort food is so filling, comforting and simmered for hours to create a rich flavorsome broth. This soup is perfect for those chilly nights!


Back by popular demand, we’ve partnered with Pagoda Floating Restaurant & Catering to offer a Prime Rib Dinner to be enjoyed at home with your family and friends. The Dinner feeds 6 to 8 people and includes:

  • Roast Prime Rib (4-6 lbs)
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Au Jus and Horseradish

Pickup Prime Rib Family Dinners on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 AM to 5 PM at Pagoda Floating Restaurant & Catering.


We still have spots available! We are seeking local vendors, artisans and services, handmade and locally made items, and food vendors, all whose products and services celebrate Hawai‘i’s rich heritage. If you are or know of a local vendor or artisan and are interested in a booth in our mākeke, or are a food vendor interested in serving food at the festival, it isn’t too late to reserve a spot! Space is limited and filling quickly, so submit your application today–it’s quick and easy and takes less than 5 minutes! View and download Complete List of Vendor Guidelines

FUN FACT:  Hānaiakamalama was built in 1848, making it older than the present day ‘Iolani Palace which was built in 1882! Queen Emma inherited the home in 1857 from her uncle Keoni Ana, also known as John Young II, who served as Kuhina Nui or Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i from 1845 to 1855. Queen Emma frequented the estate as a young girl and with the passing of her uncle, used the estate as a private, mountain retreat from the city, often hosting private dinners, balls, and dance parties.

Queen Emma was a strong supporter of education and healthcare for her people and her legacy lives on through the institutions she started with her husband, Alexander Liholiho who reigned as King Kamehameha IV. These institutions like The Queen’s Health System, St. Andrew’s Schools, and ʻIolani School continue to serve the people of Hawaiʻi today. We are so excited to celebrate Queen Emma and invite you to spend the day at one of her favorite residences. We are honored to do our small part to share this part of her story and hope to inspire others with her legacy.