Hawaii State Capitol


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Hawai‘i’s State Capitol building houses the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, offices of state legislators, and the chambers of the state House and Senate.

The Capitol was constructed at the direction of Governor John A. Burns and designed by the firms of Belt, Lemmon & Lo of Honolulu, John Carl Warnecke & Associates and Architects Hawai`i. It was built at a cost of $24.6 million. Construction was started on November 15, 1965 and completed on March 15, 1969.
The State Capitol’s unusual architectural style contains a great deal of symbolism reflecting the uniqueness of the island state. It was designed with extensive amounts of open space, both inside and out, to convey a sense of open government.

The State Capitol building was dedicated in 1969, 10 years after Hawai‘i became the 50th state in the nation. The design of the Capitol, represents Hawai`i’s unique history and natural features. The building is surrounded by a reflecting pool and symbolizes the formation of the Hawaiian Islands from the sea. The House and Senate chambers are shaped like cones to represent the volcanos that formed the islands. The building's 40 pillars suggest coconut palm trees.

Things you may see when you visit the State Capitol are The Statue of Father Damien, The State Seal and The Statue of Queen Lili`uokalani

Minimum Time Needed

2 Hours


Capitol tours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30 p.m.

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