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Queen Emma's Summer Palace

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)


This former palace, also known as Hānaiakamalama which in Hawaiian means “foster child of the moon,” served as a summer retreat for the Queen Emma and her husband King Kamehameha IV and their son, Prince Albert, between 1857 to 1885. The palace was built in 1848 and is one of the few remaining examples of Greek Revival architecture in Hawaii. It was placed on the National Register of historic Places in 1970. The home features royal paintings, fine Victorian furniture, and the little Koa wood cradle for the Prince Albert, who unfortunately died at the age of four.

Queen Emma and her family painting
Queen Emma's Summer Palace
Queen Emma and the King's room
Prince Albert's craddle
Queen Emma's painting


The house was bought from John Young II and after his death was given to his niece, Queen Emma. After the death of Queen Emma the house was sold and at one point was threatened with demolition to be replaced with a baseball park. However, the Daughters of Hawaii purchased the land and restored the building. 


"Hānaiakamālama." Wikipedia. Accessed May 20, 2015.

2913 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone Number
(808) 595-3167
Open Daily 9 am to 4 pm Close on major holidays
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This location was created on 2015-05-20 by Cassandra Robinson .   It was last updated on 2016-08-25 by Ben M. .

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