Join Daughters of Hawai’i at Queen Emma Summer Palace for its 39th Annual “A Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace,” a day filled with fun, food and entertainment! It’s Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A community event for the whole family, this year’s event will mark 100 years of the preservation of Queen Emma Summer Palace which was saved from destruction in 1915 by Daughters of Hawai’i. That’s a historic preservation society founded in 1903 by seven women- missionary descendants who in 1913 petitioned Governor Pinkham to save Queen Emma’s summer home, a pleasant country retreat for the royal family.
The house belonged to the Hawaiian government and was slated to be demolished, the last of Hale Ali`i, house of our King and Queen of the Kamehameha Dynasty. Pinkham granted the founders custodianship of the home and surrounding property for the purpose of maintaining and caring for it to become a Hawaiian museum.
At that time, the organization began the work of restoring the home to its former glory. Originally called Hānaiakamalama, it was once the summer home of Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward.
“A Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace” will feature Hawaiian music and dance with performances by Maunalua, Royal Hawaiian Band, Kualoa, Naluhoe, Kaha’i Topolinski & Ka Pā Hula Hawai’i, and much more. Local artists will feature lauhala, lei haku, books, objet d’art, local style clothing, Tutu’s Attic, the Marketplace and more! Food vendors include Hawaiian plates, poke bowls, jams and jellies, baked goods, and noodles.
Special items to note are a Hawaiian quilt with pillow shams and a koa paddle made by local craftsman Stu Kalama; you could be gifted with one of these lovely items! Special admission marking this year’s centennial celebration is $5 for adults and $1 for children; ticket purchase includes free admission into the museum. Children under six years are free.
Free parking is available on the grass at Nu’uanu Park behind Queen Emma Summer Palace (Pū’iwa Road). For more information call (808) 595-6291 or visit daughtersofhawaii.org.
Daughters of Hawai’i mission is “to perpetuate the memory and spirit of old Hawaii and of historic facts, and to preserve the nomenclature and correct pronunciation of the Hawaiian language”. The historic preservation organization maintains Queen Emma Summer Palace at Nu’uanu, Honolulu, Hulihe’e Palace at Kailua, Kona, and owns the birth site of Kamehameha III at Keauhou.