Celebrating the rich history of Waikīkī, the Queen’s Arbor is dedicated to the legacy of Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani and her love for her summer retreat known as Hamohamo (rub gently as the sea on the beach). The district of Hamohamo consisted of two homes-one called Paoakalani (the royal perfume) and Keʻalohilani (the royal brightness) located opposite of Kūhiō Beach, commonly referred to in her memoirs as ‘my pretty seaside cottage’.
It is here where she retreated to relax and entertain family and friends, as well as express her affection for mele (Hawaiian songs) through song compositions. Keʻalohilani was a place all could gather and enjoy one another’s hospitality.
Queen Liliʻuokalani’s spirit is infused within Queen’s Arbor and we are privileged to continue her legacy and cultural traditions for the community and patrons.