Queen Emma was the real Queen of Hearts. She was loved by the Hawaiian people and in turn she worked tirelessly to improve their lives. She and her husband were responsible for gathering together the money to build The Queens Hospital so that Hawaiian People could receive medical help during a time that Hawaiians were not allowed to go to other hospitals.
King Alexander Liholiho, her husband would walk the business district with a ledger in hand to solicit funds from businesses on his own. The Queen would sponsor concerts, plays and fairs to raise money for their project.
Her foresight at the loss of the Hawaiian culture speared her on to buy any Hawaiian artifact that she saw in auction, at estate sales or any thing she might be told about that had come up for bid. A large portion of what is in the Museum comes from her estate!
The above couple strolled through the gathering on the grounds of Queen Emma’s Summer palace. I knew they weren’t the real King and Queen but it was easy to suspend belief and imagine the royal couple presiding as they had done so many times in the past. There were many gatherings at the home where they would do just as this couple did.
The palace was built in 1848 and eventually came into Queen Emma’s hands when her uncle, John Young II left it to her. She and the King stayed here during the summer and when they needed to get away from the stresses of court life.
Handmade bowls from local woods. If you would like to see more you can go to this website www.kapahikaua.com
Mango. My favorite fruit. If you would like to see more go to tamsenfox.com
This photo shows a family of boys pounding poi. This photo was taken by my friend and fellow docent Wil Luna. The father of these boys is doing some amazing things with natural resources that everyone should be interested in and here is his site. Please take the time to look at it. aimanawahi.com
Hawaiian Quilt. It was the grand prize in the raffle that they were going to have. It is such a gorgeous piece of work. I stood and looked and thought. Five dollar a chance. My chances? Zero. Five dollars in my hand? Better than in the bush.
I left the people walking by the tree for scale. I wonder how long that tree has been there? Queen Emma planted many of the plants on the ground.
She also had a stable that has since been turned into a preschool. She was an avid horsewoman and there were once stables on the grounds. The Anglican bishop and his family once lived on the grounds also and that house, not the stables, was later turned into a preschool. Sorry about that.
It was a very nice day, I met a lot of my friends walking around. I also met some very nice people in passing. This was a wonderful affair and if you want some good company what better company could you have then to spend a day with Queen Emma.