Hawaii State Capitol Building


About Hawaii State Capitol Building


The Hawaii State Capitol building in Downtown Honolulu was built to represent the trademarks of Hawaii: palm trees, volcanoes, the Pacific Ocean. Those massive columns that curve upward symbolize palm trees; the surrounding pool is the Pacific; and the legislative chambers represent two volcanoesthe foundation of Hawaiis origins. Nearby is the Iolani Palace, the Eternal Flame Memorial, St. Andrews Cathedral, and other historic landmarks. Take in this buildings subtle beauty on a sunny day, the building is casual yet commanding in its appearance!


Commissioned by then-Governor John A. Burns, the Hawaii State Capitol debuted on March 15, 1969. Hawaiis newest government building, which replaced the Iolani Palace as Hawaiis statehouse, was completed with a $26 million price tag. On the north side of the building is an exact replica of Philadelphias Liberty Bell. Across the street is the Eternal Flame War Memorial, built on December 7, 1944 to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: This is a drive-by location, no stops.
  • Insider Tip: This is a great place to relax on the weekends!
  • Fun Fact: The Liberty Bell, a gift from the US President and Congress to the Territory of Hawaii in 1950 to symbolize freedom and democracy.
  • Pop Culture: Musician Jack Johnson performed at a rally event here in 2009.
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