Honolulu Hale, Honolulu

Honolulu Hale, Honolulu (must see)

Honolulu Hale is the official seat of government for the city and county of Honolulu. Originally, Honolulu was overseen by a Board of Supervisors. During the existence of the County of O'ahu, the Board met in city halls all around Honolulu. When this system was discontinued in 1907, Joseph J. Fern was created the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu. He envisioned a central building for government administrative activities, but passed away before the building he imagined could be constructed. Fortunately, his successor, Mayor John H. Wilson, agreed with his vision and carried it out.

Honolulu Hale was build in the Italianate Spanish Colonial Revival Style that was popular on Hawaii during the 20s. It was a labor of love for every big name architect in the area, including Robert Miller, Hart Wood, C.W. Dickey, and Rothwell, Kangeter, & Lester. The building itself was designed to mimic the Palazzo del Popolo in Florence, Italy. The interior décor includes hand-painted frescoes by Einar Peterson, and intricate stonework by Mario Valdastri. The word “Hale” translates to “house” in native Hawaiian. The name “Honolulu Hale” simply means “Honolulu House,” though it would be more correctly rendered as “Hale Honolulu.”
This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour in the iOS app "Honolulu Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Honolulu Map and Walks" on Google Play. Please download the app for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline (so no data plan is needed).

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Sight Name: Honolulu Hale
Sight Location: Honolulu, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu  

Walking Tours in Honolulu, Hawaii

Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Honolulu without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Honolulu, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Religious Buildings of Honolulu Self-Guided Tour

Religious Buildings of Honolulu Self-Guided Tour

Religion in Hawaii is a mix of Christianity, Buddhism and native religions. This is the reason why diverse religious structures, such as shrines or catholic churches can be seen everywhere in Honolulu. Since 1820, the Christian missionaries and Chinese began to popularize their religion and traditions. Nowadays, the ancient Hawaiian religions have almost disappeared. Take this walking tour and enjoy the religious sights of Honolulu, both modern and historic.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
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 get a feel for the true World War II experience.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu

The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu

The Capitol District represents a historic area in downtown Honolulu. This civic center includes the biggest majority of governmental buildings at federal, state and city levels. The district is situated among Richards Street, Ward Avenue, Vineyard Boulevard and Nimitz Highway. Some of the largest buildings in the city are located here. Take this walking tour and enjoy the treasures of historic Honolulu.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
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
Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu

Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu

Waikiki or Waikiki Beach is a beachfront area of Honolulu famed for its long rolling ocean break, ideal for boarding and surfing. Waikiki is also home to public places, such as Kapiolani Park, high-end resort hotels (Royal Hawaiian), and abundance of luxury brand stores concentrated on Kalakaua Avenue, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare. Once the playground of Hawaiian aristocracy, today Waikiki greets visitors from all walks of life. Take this self-guided walk and enjoy the delights of Waikiki Beach in a true Aloha spirit!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

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