Capital District

Capital District


The Capitol District is in the eastern part of downtown Honolulu. The area contains government buildings including the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall (Honolulu Hale,) Iolani Palace, Washington Place and State Library. The State Capitol Building was completed in 1969, ten years after Hawaii became the 50th state. Washington Place is now the official residence of the Hawaii Governor and it’s the oldest building in Honolulu that has been in continuous use, but it was also home to the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. After her forced abdication in 1893, she moved to Washington Place where she lived until her death in 1917. Her palace, the four story Italian Renaissance style, Iolani Palace, is also located in the Capitol District and three of its four floors are open to the public as a museum. Built by King David Kalakaua, the project nearly bankrupted his treasury when it was completed in 1882. Two fine art museums are also located here. The Honolulu Academy of Arts, which houses the largest collection of Asian art outside of Asia (admission is free) and the Hawaii State Art Museum , Honolulu’s newest museum.




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