Spending Money and the Day At Queen Emma’s Summer Palace Festival

I was given some money and the order to buy something I like. This is not an easy thing for me to do. My tendency is to hold on and pay extra on bills. Of course this always drives me to deny myself so that I end up charging anyway. Well this time I held on to it, not to pay bills but, to spend it.

A friend at the Museum had graciously given me two tickets to the Queen Emma’s Summer Palace Festival. Last year when I had gone I saw many things I wanted but just could not let myself buy them. This year I was going to use my money gift and, by cracky, I was going to buy some thing for myself.

The festival was extra special for me as I didn’t have to go alone. My daughter accompanied me and it was so nice to have someone to share the day with.

First I introduce my daughter to King Kamehameha and his Wife Queen Emma. No I don’t have that much cachet, the royals were being played by two of the employees from Bishop Museum, one of whom I work under in the archives.

The royals give their aloha to their court

Queen Emma and her Husband Alexander Liholiho gave many of these festivals as a way to collect enough money to help build a hospital where Hawaiians could go  for care. It was also a stipulation when the hospital was built that anyone needing treatment whether they had money or not was to be tended to.

They were also responsible for two major schools, a Church and nursing school. They loved the Hawaiian people and worked hard to make available the things that were needed for the community.

Today “The Daughters of Hawaii” put on this festival to earn money to maintain the summer palace. One of the biggest events is the raffling off of a handmade Hawaiian quilt. This was this years offering. No, I’m not a lucky person and as much as I would have loved to have had one of these quilts I left the betting to other people.

These are Haku leis. Last year I admired these from afar but this year it was the first purchase I made. They are made from many types of leaves and flowers. After the plants die they dry into beautiful hat bands.

Handmade woven hats. I’ve always wanted one and they had some really nice styles here at this booth. Besides the traditional Hawaiian hat there were many woven styles from the forties era.

I really loved this one but it did not look good on me at all. It looked wonderful on my daughter but she could not figure out for the life of her where in the world would she wear it. Yeah she could wear it but I wanted it. It stayed on display.

I also loved their woven bags. These women had woven some very unique styles. Not the run of the mill forms. That  made it very hard for me to leave this booth.

So what did I buy? Well here is my haku on the hand-made hat I bought. Yeah, like I said I had a hard time leaving the booth.

And last but by no means least is the shell lei I bought to be worn with my muʻumuʻu‘s when I give tours at the museum.

I’m still not taking very good photos. Blurry aren’t they? Part of my problem is I’m always trying to get the shot as fast as I can. I don’t like to hold other people up while I fuss with my camera. I’m either going to have to go by myself to events so that I can fuss as long as I want or learn to use the darned camera the right way in the first place.

Well my day was well spent Pun intended. But you know I think the best part of the day was, and it was the free part, spending the morning with my daughter.

Day At Queen Emma’s Summer Palace

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!

Leah Caldeira and Marques Marzaon portray Queen Emma and King Kamehameha the IV

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.

Queen Emma’s home. Though it is not a palace it is quite a beautiful structure.

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.

The Summer Home is Now a Museum. Two docents from the museum stand in front in their graceful muumuu

Many shady places were set up around the grounds. It’s the beginning of October and it is still to hot to be in anything but shorts and tee shirts as people took in the many booths.

There were hand painted Christmas Ornaments

Hand Painted Christmas ornament made from the Hau Tree

A handmade tutu (grandma) doll with all of her Christmas goodieshandmade Wili Wili seed leis

Hala lei made from the droop of the fruit

Handmade bowls from local woods. If you would like to see more you can go to this website www.kapahikaua.com

Hand painted and carved gourd

Mango. My favorite fruit. If you would like to see more go to tamsenfox.com

This looks like a mass of flowers but actually they are head and hat bands

More head bands or Haku Lei

A haku lei on a hat

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 wondered around and tried to imagine what Queen Emma felt as she strolled her gardens.

Don’t ask me. Maybe some type of Ginger. Maybe one of you can tell me. I just think it is beautiful.

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.