Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hanaiakamalama

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!















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