Queen's Medical Center

Queen's Medical Center
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Phone (808) 538-9011
Address 1301 Punchbowl St, Honolulu, HI 96813
A brief history of this hospital built for the ancient Hawaiians.

• General: Educational • General: History

Now known as the Queens Medical Center, the original Queen’s Hospital was founded and built under the authority of Queen Emma and Kamehameha IV in 1859. The King voiced his desire for creating a hospital for the people of Hawaii. The Hawaiian race was dramatically declining, at that time, due to disease. Queen Emma, supporting the dream, went door to door soliciting funds with the King, raising $13,530 in just over a month.

On May 20, 1858, Albert Edward Kauikeaouli Leiopapa Kamehameha was born with celebration to the King and Queen. Grief struck the entire populace four years later when suddenly the boy died of “brain fever”. Fifteen years later, the king with a broken heart and chronic asthma, died at the young age of 29. Queen Emma took a new name in her grief; Kaleleonalani, which means “Flight of the Heavenly Chiefs.”