Honolulu Hale

Honolulu Hale

About Honolulu Hale


The Honolulu Hale is one of the most beautiful buildings in Hawaii. Combining Italian Neo-Renaissance style with California-Spanish Colonial architecture, Honolulu Hale became the citys first official City Hall in 1928.

Throughout the year, visitors and locals are welcome to enjoy the Honolulu Hales gorgeous grounds, interior courtyard, staircase and open ceiling. The winners of art competitions are often displayed in the courtyard, showcasing Hawaiis talented students, artists, and more. Nearby are historic Downtown Honolulu landmarks like the Aliiolani Hale, Kawaiahao Church, Iolani Palace, and the well-known King Kamehameha the Great Statue.
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In the early 1900s, Honolulus Board of Supervisorsa group of officials who governed the citywould meet in various buildings throughout Downtown Honolulu. Mayor Joseph J. Fern proposed the idea to construct a permanent city hall at the time, but died in 1920 before completing his dream. Then, mayor John H. Wilson continued Ferns plans of building Honolulu Hale.

In 1928, construction of the Honolulu Hale was completed, and nearly every architect in town helped with the processC.W. Dickey, Hart Wood, Robert Miller, and Rothwell Kangeter & Lester. The interior courtyard, stairs, open ceiling and speakers balcony were inspired by the Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy. Italian sculptor Mario Valdastri did the stone work on the columns, balconies and entrances.

In 1951, a pair of three-story wings were added to the original building. Today, the city of Honolulu makes use of Sateillite City Halls to assist residents. Honolulu Hale is still the home to the Mayor, City Council and principal staff agencies.

In 1978, the Honolulu Hale was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Facts & Trivia

  • Insider Tip: The Honolulu Hale is the best place to watch the Honolulu City Lights parade in December. Inside, youll find a vibrant display of Christmas trees. Outside, youll find Oahus customary Hawaiian Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free events are held here throughout the
  • Fun Fact: Mayor John H. Wilson was also the Honolulu Chapter President of the American Association of Engineers.
  • What to Expect: Art competition winners, Honolulu City Lights displays, outdoor festivals like the Hawaii Book & Music Festival.
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