Washington Place


About Washington Place


Hawaiis official residence for governors and royalty, including Queen Liliuokalani, who lived here from 1862 to 1917, Washington Place stands as one of Honolulus most historic buildings. Built in a Greek-Revival architectural style in Downtown Honolulu, the house has been a social and political hot spot for life in the Hawaiian Islands since its inception. Nearby, the Hawaii State Capitol Building can be found in the heart of historic Honolulu.


Built in 1847 under the direction of Captain John Dominis, an influential American business man living in Honolulu, the Washington Place residence has been to over a dozen of Hawaiis governors. In 1893, Queen Liliuokalani was arrested at Washington Place during the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom. In 1973, the house was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2002, an additional 5000-square-foot structure was built on the same grounds as the original house, it became the new official resident for the governor. In 2007, Washington Place was listed as a US National Historic Landmark.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Drive-by Only
  • Insider Tip: Walking tours of Washington Place are available by reservation only!
  • Fun Fact: Washington Place was designed by master carpenter Isaac Hart, who built the first Iolani Palace (which was demolished when the current Iolani Palace was built)!