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Queen Emma Summer Palace

Queen Emma Summer Palace, also known as Hanaiakamalama (meaning “foster child of the moon”), was used by Queen Emma and her family as a retreat from the rigors of court life in hot and dusty Honolulu of the mid-1800s.  It was here in the historic Nu’uanu Valley that the queen consort and her husband, King Kamehameha IV, and their young son, Prince Albert Edward, enjoyed some of their happies hours together.

The home was built in 1848 by John Lewis, a part-Hawaiian businessman, who purchased the property from the Hawaiian Government.  According to the Lewis family the house frame and siding were cut in Boston and shipped to Hawaii via Cape Horn.  The structure, one of the few remaining examples of Greek Revival architecture in the islands, is a blend of the then popular East Coast style and Hawaiian.


In 1850, the property was sold to Queen Emma’s uncle, John Young II, for $6000 and given the name Hanaiakamalama after his ancestral home on the Island of Hawaii.  In 1857, Young, then childless, willed the home to his young niece.

After Emma’s death in 1885, the home was purchased by the Hawaiian Monarchy and leased.  In the early 1900’s when plans to make property into a park threatened the historic home, the Daughters of Hawaii intervened, restored the building and returned some of the original furnishings to the home.

Today, the museum houses a collection of Queen Emma’s belongings, furnishings, artifacts and memorabilia.  The Daughters of Hawaii manages and maintains this Palace and Hulihee Palace in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii through membership dues, admission fees, gift shop, fundraising activities, grants, and donations.  Both properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hope you enjoy reading some of Hawaiian history and I do apologized that I could not post more photos as you could see the sign on top – “No Inside Photography”.

  1. October 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    i am born and raised in the Islands, moved to Cali 5 yrs ago.. loved seeing photos of the places that make Hawaii home thank you

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