Washington Place, Honolulu

Washington Place, Honolulu

Washington Place was originally built in the 1840s by the father-in-law of Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, and was the site of her arrest during the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Washington Place was commissioned by John Dominis, a wealthy merchant, for his family. Tragically, he was lost at sea in 1846 on a trip to China, before the house was finished. His wife, Mary, converted Washington Place to a boarding house in order to support herself and her son. One of the first boarders was Anthony Ten Eyck, an American Commissioner to the islands appointed by President James K. Polk who established the American Legation in the house. Ten Eyck named the house "Washington Place" after George Washington. King Kamehameha III officially approved the name.

John Dominis' son, John Owen Dominis, later married Queen Liliuokalani when she was still a young princess. The house became their home, and was eventually left solely to Queen Liliuokalani after her husband's death. She died in the house in 1917, after being deposed.

After Queen Liliuokalani's death, Washington Place served as a governor's mansion from 1921 to 2001. A total of thirteen governors of Hawaii had lived there, until a new governor's residence was built on the same grounds in 2001, and Washington Place was converted into a Hawaiian history museum.

Washington Place was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2007.

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Sight Name: Washington Place
Sight Location: Honolulu, USA (See walking tours in Honolulu)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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