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?
Many of the stones on Pu'ukohola Heiau are believed to have come from Pololu Valley. It is believed that Kamehameha and his men formed a human chain approximately 25 miles long and passed the stones one person to another all the way to the temple site.