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Queen Emma Summer Palace
Queen Emma Summer Palace

Queen Emma Summer Palace

2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817

The Basics

Queen Emma inherited the palace, located in the Ko’olau foothills, from her uncle in 1857. The secluded location and elevation made the home a royal retreat from the heat of Honolulu. After Emma’s death the palace slipped into disrepair, and the Daughters of Hawai’i took it over in 1915. After extensive renovations, the palace opened to the public as a museum. It also serves as a cultural institution, offering guided and self-led tours, educational programs, and community events.

Admission to the palace is included with a Go Oahu card.

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ETOHI: Exclusive Island Tour - Full Day
ETOHI: Exclusive Island Tour - Full Day
$250.00 per adult
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Unique Experience of Oahu
Jimmy brought us around the island for a unique and amazing tour. We hit many spots, took tons of photos, ate the best garlic shrimps and shave ice, swam under a waterfall, and so much more. What we love was the tour was customized to what we wanted to see (we stopped by to see the turtle when we saw them sunbathing on the beach, and that wasn’t a planned stop). None of the “15 minutes here only or you will have to dance” schedule call, but instead we could really experience the island. The tour is not cheap, but we did not have to rent a car (which btw costs so much these days), deal with the traffic or pay for parking, and everything is planned and provided. It was totally awesome!
Alex_L, Jun 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Queen Emma Summer Palace is ideal for those wanting to explore Hawaiian history.

  • The original palace architecture is not completely wheelchair accessible, but people needing assistance can contact the palace ahead of time for options.

  • Docent-led tours for groups of more than 10 people should be arranged in advance; check the website for details.

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How to Get There

Queen Emma Summer Palace is located in Nu’uanu, right off the Pali Highway and about a 10-minute drive from downtown Honolulu. City buses run from Honolulu and Waikiki regularly and stop near the palace. There is also on-site parking.

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When to Get There

Queen Emma Summer Palace is open daily year-round except for major holidays. Oahu has a mild, tropical climate with hotter days in the summer and a rainy season typically from November to March.

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The Nu’uanu Pali Lookout

Queen Emma Summer Palace is a 5-minute drive from the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, one of Oahu’s most visited viewpoints and a historic site. In 1795 during the bloody Battle of Nu’uanu, hundreds of Hawaiian warriors were pushed off the cliffs to their deaths. Today visitors to the lookout are treated to panoramic views of Oahu’s windward side and the Ko’olau Mountains.

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