Saturday, April 25, 2015


Queen Emma's Summer Palace is also know as 'Hanaiakamalama' ("foster child of the moon").  This is where Emma, her husband and son escaped the dusty summers of Honolulu in the mid 1800s.  It's still a good escape! The grounds are cool and inviting with many hugely spreading Monkey Pod trees.  The Palace is designed with windows and doors in alignment to create lovely breezes through the building.

Looking from front hall out back door.....

And a cross view....

The furnishings were gorgeous though out, many were gifts from European royalty.  Prince Albert's cradle was commissioned by the King and Queen at his birth. Considered a state treasure, it was designed and built by Wilhelm Fischer of four native woods:  koa, kou, milo and kamani.

(sorry, pic doesn't even come close to showing beauty of this piece)

Several benches invite a sit to enjoy the grounds.

A great huge monkey pod tree in the side yard is almost covered in stag horn ferns.

Here's one more ancient tree.  It's current job is guarding the parking lot, but one can only wonder at the stories it could tell!

1 comment:

  1. Really enjoyed your photos of Q. Emma's S. House & grounds. I grew up in the valley one over: Manoa. Our house is on a historic site where Queen Kaahumanu used to come to cool off from the bustle & heat of Waikiki & Honolulu. There is the oldest Hau Tree there and another rare guava tree and a giant volcanic moss covered rock she sat on to rest and enjoy the birds,rainbow and mist.


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