Queen Emma Summer Palace

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The home was built in 1848 by John Lewis, a part-Hawaiian businessman, who purchased the property from the Hawaiian Government. According to the Lewis family the house frame and siding were cut in Boston and shipped to Hawai`i via Cape Horn. The structure, one of the few remaining examples of Greek Revival architecture in the islands, is a blend of the then popular East Coast style and the Hawaiian.

In 1850, the property was sold to Queen Emma’s uncle, John Young II, for $6,000 and given the name Hanaiakamalama after his ancestral home on the Island of Hawai`i. In 1857, Young, then childless, willed the home to his young niece.

After Emma’s death in 1885, the home was purchased by the Hawai`ian Monarchy and leased. In the early 1900’s when plans to make the property into a park threatened the historic home, the Daughters of Hawai`i intervened, restored the building and returned some of the original furnishings to the home.

Today, the museum houses a collection of Queen Emma’s belongings, furnishings, artifacts and memorabilia. The Daughters of Hawai`i manages and maintains this Palace and Hulihe`e Palace in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, through membership dues, admission fees, gift shop sales, fundraising activities, grants, and donations. Both properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.