means "House of the Heavenly King" in Hawaiian. It's one of Honolulu's must-see landmarks that houses the Supreme Court of Hawaii, the court administration offices, a law library, and the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center. Just outside is the King Kamehameha the Great Statue
and directly across the street is Iolani Palace
. In 1972, the building was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Look for the Ali'iolani Hale
each week on Hawaii 5-0!
The Ali'iolani Hale
was designed by Australian Thomas Rowe in an Italian Renaissance Revival as the royal palace for King Kamehameha V. In Hawaiian, "Ali'iolai" means "House of the heavenly King", Ali'iolani was also one of the given names of Kamehameha V. On February 19, 1872 King Kamehameha V laid the cornerstone for the building that he had commissioned as a government office building not a palace. He died before the building was completed. It was dedicated in 1874 by King David Kalakaua