Hawaii State Capitol

Completed: 1969
Belt, Lemon, and Lo with John Carl Warneke and Associates
Photos: Robert Deering 8/13/2010

March 15, 1969 marked the historic opening of Hawaii's State Capitol building. The aesthetically-pleasing building consists of cone-shaped Senate and House chambers, symbolizing the volcanoes of the Hawaiian Islands; impressive building columns, symbolizing the palm trees that grace the island; and a vast pool of water surrounding the State Capitol, symbolizing Hawaii as the only island-state in the nation.

In the fall of 1991, the State Capitol underwent a major renovation. The project included removing of asbestos from the building, improving the air conditioning system, installing new electrical wiring, enhancing the communications systems, and making the building more accessible to persons with disabilities. The State Capitol re-opened during the summer of 1995.


ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Could be based on native Hawaiian word for homeland, "Owhyhee".


STATE MOTTO: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness).

1959 PREAMBLE: We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance ... establish this Constitution.

ADDRESS:  415 S. Beretania Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Honolulu, Hawaii

Old Capitol Building

Completed: 1882
Architect: Thomas J. Baker, Charles J. Wall, Isaac Moore

Photos: Robert Deering 8/13/2010

ʻIolani Palace, in the capitol district of downtown Honolulu, is the only royal palace in the United States that was used as an official residence by a reigning monarch and is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two monarchs governed from ʻIolani Palace: King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani. After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the building was used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory, and State of Hawaiʻi until 1969. The palace was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1978.  During government use of the palace, the second floor royal bedroom became the governor's office, while the legislature occupied the entire first floor. The representatives met in the former throne room and the senate in the former dining room.

ADDRESS:  364 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813