Founded by the Daughters of Hawaiʻi organization in 1903 and still operating today, Queen Emma Summer Palace once went by its original name of Hānaiakamalama and served as the “escape” home of Queen Emma Naʻea, wife of Kamehameha IV. She spent much time from 1857 to 1885 at the beautiful Nuʻuanu retreat to escape the stifling heat of Honolulu.

Now a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, the Queen Emma Summer Palace is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with guided tours offered for free. Spend some time observing its various Hawaiian artifacts and exhibits, and explore some of Queen Emma’s personal belongings. For guided tours, arrive no later than 3 p.m.

Entrance fees are $10 general admission, $8 seniors (62 and older), military and kamaʻaina, $1 children ages 5-17 and free for children under five years old.

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