Special planning by landscapers and horticulturists has created a serene setting for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and employees. Native Hawaiian species hold an honored place in the gardens of Queen's.
All of the gardens on the Queen's campus include a wide variety of native flowers and plants along with more exotic types. Many were used by Kahuna La'au Lapa'au in ancient Hawaiian healing practices, such as the ti, whose waxy leaves were utilized in the treatment of wounds and fevers. The large tree ferns, or hapu'u, produce a brown, silky hair-like fiber which was once used for embalming the dead.
Because of the interest of Queen Emma and Dr. Hillebrand, a unique botanical expanse was created, with many of those early plantings still enjoyed today.
Queen Emma Tower Center Court
Located on the fourth level of the Queen Emma Tower's Intensive Care Unit, this garden has been created to provide comfort and a healing environment for families and visitors.
Naea Rooftop Garden
This garden area serves as an open air spot for lunch or relaxation. Beneath the grassy expanse and shady trees is the underground location of the Radiation Therapy department.
E.E. Black Garden
The E.E. Black garden is located behind the Harkness Administration Building. It was named in honor of Mr. E.E. Black, a long-time Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Queen's Medical Center and prominent supporter of the hospital. This beautiful garden is the location of employee and community functions.
Main Lobby Entrance Path
Plantings of several shrubs and flowers that Queen Emma especially enjoyed can be found just to the side of the hospital's main entrance. Because of her preferences, some are now called "Queen's Lily" or "Queen's Flower," but their horticultural names remain unchanged.