1. Queen Emma Summer Palace
What is it? A summer retreat for Hawaiian royalty, located in the Nu‘uanu Valley.
Why go? Between 1857 and 1885, Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV would escape Honolulu heat waves by retreating to this shaded summer palace. Known locally as Hānaiakamalama, the property is listed on the National Historic Registry and is open to guests for exploring personal effects and interior furnishings. Take a guided tour for detailed insight into royal history, or stroll the grounds at your own pace.