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?
There are actually three temples at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site: Pu'ukohola Heiau, which was built by Kamehameha, Mailekini Heiau, which was converted into a fort with cannons and Hale o Kapuni Heiau, which was a temple dedicated to the worship of sharks. More...