Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu

Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu

The Hawaii State Capitol is Hawaii's official capitol building, and is located in downtown Honolulu. It was created to replace the former capitol building, Iolani Palace, and was commissioned by the second Governor of Hawaii, John A. Burns.

The building is designed to evoke Hawaii and its natural features. The building is surrounded by a large reflecting pool, which is intended to represent the Pacific Ocean. Both legislative chambers are conical, to represent the volcanoes responsible for forming Hawaii. The columns surrounding the building are shaped to resemble coconut trees, and are arranged in rows of eight on either side of the building, to represent the eight primary islands of Hawaii. The building is also designed to allow the sun, rain, and wind to enter freely. The center of the structure offers visitors a view of the chandeliers in the legislative chambers, which are intended to represent the sun and the moon. The area normally used for a central rotunda in capitol buildings is left open to the sky.

Other notable features of the building and its grounds are several monuments. These include a statue of Queen Liliuokalani located in the Capitol Mall; a Liberty Bell; a statue of Father Damien, the Catholic priest who cared for lepers for sixteen years before his death, and was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009; and two monuments to honor Hawaiian members of the military.
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Sight Name: Hawaii State Capitol
Sight Location: Honolulu, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu  


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