Trip Planner:   USA  /  Hawaii  /  Oahu  /  Honolulu  /  Hawaii State Capitol

Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu

3.8
#186 of 307 in Things to do in Honolulu
The Hawaii State Capitol is the official statehouse or capitol building of the U.S. state of Hawaii. From its chambers, the executive and legislative branches perform the duties involved in governing the state. The Hawaii State Legislature—composed of the twenty-five member Hawaii State Senate led by the President of the Senate and the fifty-one member Hawaii State House of Representatives led by the Speaker of the House—convenes in the building. Its principal tenants are the Governor of Hawaii and Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, as well as all legislative offices and the Legislative Reference Bureau.Located in downtown Honolulu, the Hawaii State Capitol was commissioned and dedicated by John A. Burns, second Governor of Hawaii. It opened on March 15, 1969, replacing the former statehouse, the Iolani Palace.MonumentsBurns designed the restoration of the royal palace built by King David Kalākaua and Queen Kapiolani; as part of that effort, the Queen Liliuokalani Statue in the Capitol Mall between the capitol building and Iolani Palace was dedicated on April 10, 1982. The site was once Haimoeipo, the royal residence of Queen Dowager Kalama and later King Lunalilo, who died there.
Plan your visit to Hawaii State Capitol and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Honolulu online trip itinerary planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Hawaii State Capitol
map
Hawaii State Capitol Tours
View more tours
Places to stay near Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
116 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • My wife and I spent a few hours one rainy afternoon walking around the Hawaii State Capitol Building. Situated in central Honolulu, who can miss this beautiful building located next to Iolani Palace. ...  more »
  • Around in the downtown trolley line. While there is a political place even today, building tours also available. Trolley stop; Atrium building is refreshing and tropical openness. On-site lifetime did my leprosy patients Damien father statue, statue of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii last May.
    View original
  • Hawaii 5-0, what more can I say! After two versions, the Hawaii State Capital Building is more than a film set, it’s a supporting actor On Hawaii 5-0. I made a special trip from Waikiki to explore the...  more »
Google
  • The state capitol we have was designed with modern design vocabulary. It is a deviation from the transitional neoclassical capitol that you see in other states. The pond, the open roof, the cone shape chambers, the number of columns, even the number trees are all specific symbolism suggested by the architects. I love the open air middle gathering place. I love (and hate) how the middle open to the sky. I love the floor tile art in the atrium court. It is a very interesting building. But I do have my complains about the symbolism of our State Capitol: 1. The building is surrounded by a reflecting pool, symbolizing the Pacific Ocean. (text from Wikipedia) My feeling: The two legislative chambers are underground and underwater. Both has the connotation of being buried (underground) or drowning (below water). I never feel comfortable watching our legislators working their heart out in the chambers under water, in a windowless chambers. I feel suffocated. 2. The Capitol is built with an open-air design, allowing sun, wind, and rain to enter; the central atrium opens to the sky and rainbows can sometimes be seen inside the building when it rains. (text from Wikipedia) My feeling: The capitol is "broken" without a proper roof to protect the inhabitant. The missing of comfort overpower the feeling of openness. Design building is not an easy task. So this is my feeling with my visit to the state Capitol. There are sure someone out there that can make the building more comfortable.
  • Great architecture.
  • 州議會Hawaii State Capitol Building耗資2,450萬美元興建而成,由華裔名設計師貝聿銘所設計、外觀遍佈椰子樹造型圓柱的四方型建築物,大樓主體象徵火山、中央天井則代表火山口,正面8根柱子代表夏威夷主要的8座島嶼。

Plan your trip to Honolulu

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Hawaii State Capitol by other users

31 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM CANADA January, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 36 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, relaxing, beaches, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Oahu BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans