Queen Victoria, who ruled nearly a quarter of the world's population, called Queen Emma of Hawai'i her "affectionate friend." Born at Pelekane, below Pu'ukohola Heiau, Emma was the granddaughter of John Young, Kamehameha's foreign advisor. She married King Kamehameha IV and went on to found the Queen's Hospital, an institution that continues to serve the people of the Islands to this day.
To learn about the amazing life of Queen Emma, visit the Queen's Medical Center.
Did You Know?
The best time to see the black tipped reef sharks at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is usually just after sunrise. On good days, you may see close to 20 sharks swimming in area just a couple hundred feet from the shore!