Daughters of Hawai’i and Their Calabash Cousins

Sign for Queen Emma Summer PalaceI think most of us tend to be curious about a place marked “National Historic Site,” especially when it has a gift shop too!  I was nosey and went in to see the little gift shop and man did I find some really cool stuff and some really cool staff willing to share their knowledge!

I discovered connections to things I had seen elsewhere, I saw books with names I recognized, and there were books about things that had already become a focus for my insatiable curiosity about the history of our home.  In future posts I’ll fill you all in as I get through the items I bought at the gift shop.

The setting of Queen Emma Summer Palace is so peaceful.  It is a piece of Hawai’i’s Royal history that sits for all to view.  All can hear that history as told by those who give guides through the summer home of one of Hawaii’s very special Queens.  Queen Emma is the queen who founded The Queen’s Medical Center which remains until today as a non-profit hospital and the trauma center of Honolulu.

Queen Emma Summer Palace

While the Queen Emma Summer Palace is frequented by tour buses and visitors with inquiring minds, I just found it alluring  because of its quiet beauty and its little gift shop that held so much in store for the culturally hungry.

Another thing that was drawn to my attention by the ladies in the gift shop was something known as the Daughters of Hawai’iThis organization “maintains and operates two palaces to promote the history and culture of Hawai’i.”  The only problem was that to officially become a “Daughter” I would have to be able to trace my family’s Hawaii residence back to years prior to 1880.   Well, I’m fairly sure about 1920 or slightly earlier but 1880 might just be a bit too far back.  But, I can still be a Calabash Cousin!

A “calabash” family member is one who has grown up around you and/or shared a close friendship with you.  Well, that fit!  So, I sent in the application and was pleasantly surprised to soon receive a welcome letter.   In the body of the letter was written,  “The “Calabash Cousins” was established in  1986 as Letter from the Daughters of Hawai’ia support group to the Daughters of Hawai’i whose mission is “to perpetuate the memory and spirit of old Hawai’i and of historic facts, and to preserve the nomenclature and correct pronunciation of the Hawaiian language.” 

Funny they should mention that!  Did I tell you guys about H2O and the recent decision by the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents?   Such a coincidence!  See?  Now it’s my duty!  🙂

If you have not visited the Queen Emma Summer Palace, you should add it to your to-do list.  You’ll find it an educational endeavor and one that was very worthy of your time!

Queen Emma Summer Palace
2913 Pali Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 595-6291

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jonnie // May 31, 2009 at 9:59 am

    This was on my list to see on our last visit, but we skipped it as energy and time ran out.

    Thanks for sharing and we’ll definitely put on our to-do list for next time.

    Congrats on becoming a Calabash Cousin!

  • 2 Evelyn // May 31, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Jonnie,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving you comment. Thank you also for your well wishes. 🙂

    Now you have something to look forward to when you come back for a visit!

  • 3 Keahi Pelayo // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

    My cousin was married there and it is a very special place.

  • 4 Evelyn // Jun 7, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I’m glad that others see the beauty and magic that the Summer Palace has to offer! Thank you for sharing that, Keahi. Did they get married on the Palace steps or in the park right behind it? I’m curious now. 🙂 The surrounding grounds are beautiful too. I think I’ll talk about some of the old trees in another post. So cool — especially if you’re a plant person.

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