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Honolulu Hale (City Hall), Honolulu

Honolulu Hale (City Hall), Honolulu (must see)

Honolulu Hale 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" (pronounced HAH-leh) means house or building.

Honolulu Hale was an idea started by Joseph J. Fern. Originally, Honolulu was overseen by a Board of Supervisors. During the existence of the County of Oʻahu, the Board met in city halls all around Honolulu. When the County of Oʻahu 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.

Honolulu Hale was built in an Italianate Spanish Colonial Revival style that was popular in the islands at the time. Its interior courtyard, staircase, and open ceiling were modeled after the Bargello in Florence. Einar Peterson was commissioned to paint frescoes in the interior while Mario Valdastri was commissioned to install intricate stonework. In 1951, two three-story wings were added to the original structure. A new, high-rise Honolulu Municipal Building was later added at 650 South King Street.

Surrounding Honolulu Hale are other prominent historic and artistic landmarks: Aliʻiōlani Hale, Hawaiʻi State Capitol, ʻIolani Palace, Kawaiahaʻo Church, Sky Gate (a 24-foot (7.3 m) high sculpture by Isamu Noguchi), and the Territorial Building. Within walking distance are Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew and Washington Place.

Tip:
A great time to visit the Hale is during the holiday season when they decorate it with a display of illumination nicknamed the Honolulu City Lights. Make sure you look up!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm

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Honolulu Hale (City Hall) on Map

Sight Name: Honolulu Hale (City Hall)
Sight Location: Honolulu, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Honolulu, Hawaii

Create Your Own Walk in Honolulu

Create Your Own Walk in Honolulu

Creating your own self-guided walk in Honolulu is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Business District Self-Guided Tour in Honolulu

Business District Self-Guided Tour in Honolulu

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Hickam Air Force Base Tour

Hickam Air Force Base Tour

Hickham Air Force Base was opened in 1935 and named after Lieutenant Colonel Horace Meek Hickam. The air force base began operations three years later and in 1941 the first bombers arrived there. In 1980, this site was declared a National Historic Landmark for its high importance during World War II. Today, it is of huge importance in the history of the U.S. Take the Hickam Air Force Base Tour and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Diamond Head Volcano Tour

Diamond Head Volcano Tour

Diamond Head Volcano is perhaps one of the best-known attractions on the island of Oahu. The volcano's rugged cone is seen from almost every part of the island. However, at its base, along the coastal line, are situated a couple of other spectacular sights. Take this walking tour to admire one of the most ancient treasures of Hawaii - Diamond Head.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Religious Buildings of Honolulu Self-Guided Tour

Religious Buildings of Honolulu Self-Guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Honolulu's Harbor and Coastline Tour

Honolulu's Harbor and Coastline Tour

Honolulu's Harbor is the main historic seaport of Hawaii. It is called Kulolia or Ke Awa O Kou, by native Hawaiians. It is situated on Mamala Bay and was the area that contributed most to the urbanization of the island. This self-guided tour will take you all the way down from Honolulu's Harbor to the Ala Moana Beach, and along Honolulu's beautiful coastline.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Honolulu's Architecture Self-Guided Tour

Honolulu's Architecture Self-Guided Tour

Downtown Honolulu is a treasure trove for those, who seek the nineteenth century architectural gems. The district is full of historic buildings showcasing a distinctive Hawaiian style. This style is characterized by a mixture between Western influence and local culture. We encourage you to take this tour and discover the most significant buildings of Honolulu.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles

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