Next to the Iolani Palace
is Honolulu’s main library, the Hawaii State Library
, home to over half a million books. At the library’s entrance, you will find 20-foot high Tuscan columns, 18-foot arches, and a bust of Carnegie, who donated $100,000 to the building’s project.
Architect Henry D. Whitfield designed the building, and American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped fund its construction. Initial construction began with a groundbreaking in 1911, with construction completed in 1913. Some 65 years later, the Hawaii State Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby is the Honolulu Hale
, Kawaiahao Church
, King Kamehameha the Great Statue
, and the Hawaii State Capitol Building
The beginnings of Hawaii’s library system began in 1879 as a local Reading Room for sailors with a collection of about 5,000 volumes. In 1959, after Statehood, the Hawaii State Legislature created the Hawaii State Public Library System, which today includes nearly 50 branches and over 3 million books.