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Honolulu Hale (City Hall), Honolulu
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Honolulu Hale, located on 530 South King Street in downtown Honolulu in the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii, is the official seat of government of the city and county, site of the chambers of the Mayor of Honolulu and the Honolulu City Council.In the Hawaiian language, hale means house or building. Honolulu Hale means Honolulu House . In 1978, it was listed as a contributing property to the Hawaii Capital Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryHonolulu Hale was an idea started by Joseph J. Fern. Before becoming a mayor-council type of government, Honolulu was administered by the Board of Supervisors. After the creation of the now-defunct County of Oahu, the Board of Supervisors met in city halls located in various downtown Honolulu locations. Supervisor Fern had a vision of a permanent home for the fledgling municipal government, which had only been created in 1900 upon passage of the Hawaiian Organic Act. When the County of Oahu and the Board of Supervisors dissolved in 1907 and established the City & County of Honolulu, Fern became its first mayor and began making preliminary plans for the construction of a city hall. Unfortunately, Fern died in 1920 of diabetes before he could persuade residents of the need for a permanent city hall. Mayor John H. Wilson, who was also the Honolulu Chapter President of the American Association of Engineers, carried on Fern's dream.
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  • In the historic center of Honolulu many government buildings. Among them you will find building Honolulu Hale. The word Hale means "House". Now, this building houses offices of the Mayor of Honolulu and the City Council.
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  • Knowing the excess City Hall were also difficult to understand. Usually close to the provincial government building goes a lot. This place is just right to show only the appearance in excess of
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  • During Christmas time, there are statues all over the place. There is Santa, Mrs. Claus, Snow men, Rudolph, and a lot more. There are all sorts of Christmas trees inside the Honolulu Hale (main buildi...  more »
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  • Came here to do my early voting. Line was long. Spent an hour of my Saturday just standing in line. At least now I know that they will do the little Christmas tree displays here during the holidays. Something that I want to check out with the kiddo.
  • The Kapolei DMV is slow but faster then town.
  • Slowest DMV ever. After each customer, the teller goes in the back for ten minutes. They take 80% of the time break. No good management anywhere on this island.
  • The magic hour is @9am on a Tuesday. I literally walked in, 1st in line for renewal and walked out 3 min later.
  • Super friendly and helpful staff !