Located in the Nu'uanu Valley, this Royal retreat remains a legacy of Hawaiian history.
Even in Paradise, the royalty found a summer escape a nice treat. Queen Emma of Hawaii and her husband King Kamehameha IV brought their son Prince Albert Edward here to beat the heat. The building was used by the queen from 1857 to 1885.
Many people expect a grand palace on the par with the residences of the British Royals or other residences of European royals. What many people do not know is that because Hawaii enjoys such wonderful weather, houses are rather small and most things are done outside, under tents or roofed structures that have no walls to let the cool mountain breeze pass through. Queen Emma used the building for its bedrooms and small receiving rooms for important guests.
The Daughters of Hawaii society run and maintain the property and offer guided tours. The fee to enter the palace itself is USD 6.00 and photography is not allowed in the interior.
Inside are two bedrooms, a living room, and a receiving room. Outside in a long hall is where the cooking was probably done. There are many artifacts from the time the palace was used, and mementos from the royals. A special connection was made between the family and Queen Victoria when she was made a godmother to young Prince Albert Edward. Many portraits and gifts from her are in the residence.
To walk the grounds of the Palace is free. Many people come just to walk the grounds to enjoy the cool breezes and lush foliage.
A small gift shop behind the palace sells Hawaiian memorabilia and one of the Daughters of Hawaii will surely tell you about what the palace means to them.
The Palace is located on the Honolulu side of Pali Highway about two miles outside of downtown Honolulu. More information can be found here.