Annual community festival for Hānaiakamalama* to welcome kama‘āina and visitors to tour the historic landmark and educational museum, former retreat of Queen Emma of Hawai‘i. Stroll the Queen Emma Summer Palace grounds, savor ‘ono food, sing along to old favorites, watch hula, and catch up with friends. More info: 2023 Day at Hānaiakamalama, the Queen Emma Summer Palace Festival – Daughters of Hawai‘i (daughtersofhawaii.org)
Hānaiakamalama was built in 1848, making it older than ‘Iolani Palace, which was built in 1882! Queen Emma inherited the home in 1857 from her uncle Keoni Ana, also known as John Young II, who served as Kuhina Nui or Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i from 1845 to 1855. Queen Emma frequented the estate as a young girl and with the passing of her uncle, used the estate as a private mountain retreat, often hosting private dinners, balls, and dance parties. Queen Emma was a strong supporter of education and healthcare for her people and her legacy lives on through the institutions she started with her husband, Alexander Liholiho who reigned as King Kamehameha IV. These institutions include The Queen’s Health System, St. Andrew’s Schools, and ʻIolani School.
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