Queen Emma Summer Palace showcases new artifacts
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Since then, the Daughters have maintained the home as a museum, a place that takes you back to the days of Queen Emma. And now, there's a new exhibit there that will take you back even further to Queen Emma's Hawaiian roots.
Queen Emma Summer Palace in Nuuanu is a treasure that allows you to step back in time.
Most of the furniture and artifacts belong to the royal family and are rather European or Western in nature.
However, this week the Daughters unveiled a new exhibit on Hawaiian antiquities where they brought out items from their own vault to share.
“You’ll see some wooden goblets, many that Queen Emma did receive as gifts from Queen Pomare of Tahiti. We also brought up weapons that they would use. You’ll see a spade shaped weapon used more for striking and it’s got sharks teeth surrounding it,” said Nora Kamikawa, one of the palace docents.
There are also jugs for carrying and drinking water and colorful kappa, along with kapa beaters.
Over the decades, the Daughters of Hawaii have been collecting these items, many of which came from donors. They felt it was the right time to share these items and highlight the traditional side of Hawaii's Queen Emma.
“Emma was really a woman from two cultures. She was one-fourth English, three-fourths Hawaiian. Much of what we know of her, that we hear of her, is her relationship with Queen Victoria of England, and we know that more western side of her, but she was very, very much in touch with her Hawaiian roots,” said Kamikawa.
On Saturday, the Daughters will have their annual fundraiser “A Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace,” a celebration of the organization that strives to keep Hawaii's ali’i past alive.
“It’s an ideal time to come because while you’re enjoying a day at Queen Emma, you’ll have free access to the palace, so you can come and take a look at the historic antiquities exhibition and see what we normally have here on display,” said Kamikawa.
Members of the Daughters of Hawaii were busy making haku lei, which will be on sale Saturday, along with Hawaiian artifacts, food and jewelry. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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