Historical preservation celebrated at Queen Emma Summer Palace

For four decades, once every year, the Queen Emma Summer Palace is surrounded by music, dance, crafts and ono food.

The event is put on by the Daughters of Hawaii, and this year was its 40th annual fundraiser, celebrating historical preservation.

“Our palace here was built in the 1880s, so constant care is needed, ” said regent Kanani Kahana-Reid. “We also do education with not only our children, but we share cultural classes (like poi pounding and lei making).

“You know, as buildings get older, they need more care, more attention, and our palace really needs a lot of repair work, and part of that is because of the elements. It’s like a kapuna getting older. It needs a little bit more love and care,” she said.

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