Aloha and welcome to Queen Emma's Summer Palace located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This historic treasure should be enjoyed by all to help perpetuate the "Spirit of Aloha". Queen Emma Summer Palace provides you with a unique experience of the Hawaiian history and culture. The Queen Emma Summer Palace was the family retreat in the mid-1800's as an escape from the hot summer days of Honolulu. Queen Emma and her husband, King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward, enjoyed some of their happiest days together at the Summer Palace. The high ceilings and open air design allows you to take a peek into their lives.
Queen Emma's Summer Palace was built in 1848 by John Lewis. According to the Lewis family the house frame and siding were cut in Boston and shipped to Hawaii.
In 1850, the property was sold to Queen Emma's uncle, John Young II, for $6,000 and given the name Hanaiakamalama after his ancestral home on the Island of Hawaii.
After Queen Emma's death in 1885, the home was purchased by the Hawaiian Monarchy and leased. In the early 1900's when plans to make the 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.
Queen Emma's Summer Palace is a collection of Queen Emma's furnishings, artifacts and memorabilia. The Queen Emma's Summer Palace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.