SAVE THE DATE 3rd Annual Muʻu at the Museum Fundraiser

Hawaiʻi: A Place Where East Meets West

Saturday, January 13, 2024

To honor Queen Emma’s 188th birthday we’re celebrating Mu’umu’u Month with our 3rd annual Mu’u at the Museum!

This year’s theme of “Where East Meets West” draws its inspiration from the Great Chinese Merchants’ Ball of 1856.  To commemorate the union of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, a group of Chinese merchants, led by successful businessman Chun Afong, hosted a ball for the royal newlyweds in the Fall of 1864.  The soiree included decadent feasting and ballroom dancing, all of which took place in a Chinese-inspired setting.  It was said to be so impressive that its grandeur surpassed all other balls held for the royal couple (even their actual wedding!), and everyone in town sought an invitation.  

“East Meets West” recognizes the significant and important historical and cultural influence the Chinese community imparted in Hawai’i as the first Asian people to establish a community within our shores. 

The evening fundraiser will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 5 PM to 9 PM.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will support the historic preservation, maintenance and operations of the Palace and grounds.

The Setting

Dine, drink, mingle, shop, and show off your muʻu at this historic Palace, which is even more stunning at night! 

Where East Meets West, this year’s theme pays homage to the influence of the Chinese throughout Hawai‘i’s history. Guests are encouraged to wear mu‘umu‘u with Chinese or Asian elements, designs, and patterns. All are invited to wear their finest holokū, muʻumuʻu, and aloha attire.

Hānaiakamalama, Queen Emma Summer Palace, 2913 Pali Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96817

Doors Open at 5:00 PM, entrance and check-in will be in the front of the Palace.

Parking we encourage carpooling and rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft. There will be no parking at Hānaiakamalama, nor at the adjacent Nuʻuanu Valley Park. Off-site parking will be available for guests.

Free Shuttle Service is available between the off-site parking lot and Hānaiakamalama.

2022 Mu‘u at the Museum, adapted from PBS Hawai‘i, Home is Here “The Muʻumuʻu Library”

Ticket Details

Tickets will be available for purchase in November. Tickets are $150 for General and $85 for Youth (25 years old & younger). All sales are final, tickets are non-refundable, and no special food requests are accepted.

$150 General

$85 Youth (25 years old and younger)

Tickets include: entry to Hanaiakamalama, a self-tour of the museum, heavy pūpū, a fashion show, musical and cultural entertainment, entry into the mākeke featuring local artisans and designers, selfie stations, and our much celebrated fashion contest.

Mahalo to Our Partners

Mahalo to our partners for their support of the Daughters of Hawai‘i’s mission of historic preservation of Hānaiakamalama, the legacy of Queen Emma of Hawai‘i, mu‘umu‘u enthusiasts, and the perpetuation of the memory and spirit of old Hawai‘i. With contributions from our partners, and patronage of our members and the community, proceeds from this fundraiser will directly support the historic preservation, maintenance and operations of the Queen Emma Summer Palace and grounds.

More Information Coming Soon!