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Washington Place, Honolulu

#21 of 25 in Historic Sites in Honolulu
Government Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Washington Place is a Greek Revival palace in the Hawaii Capital Historic District in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. It was where Queen Liliʻuokalani was arrested during the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Later it became the official residence of the Governor of Hawaiʻi. In 2007, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The current governor's residence was built in 2008 behind the historic residence, and is located on the same grounds as Washington Place.

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  • My wife and I attended the CCJ meeting in Honolulu this past February before the pandemic hit. A reception was held at Washington Place across from the Hawaii State Capitol. It is a beatifically...  more »
  • Washington Place is across from the state Capitol and provides a great history of the early days of Hawai'i. Free tours are offered on Thursday mornings and I was sure to plan my O'ahu stay with time....  more »
  • The Docent that took us on the tour was very knowledgeable. The history of Washington Place is good for all of us that live in Hawaii should know. My Kupuna group from Kapolei enjoyed it. Some of the group has never been there and appreciated it. Good tour!!
  • This place is something most people don't think of as a historical place to visit. It is an important part of Hawaii's history leading up to modern times, but it wasn't until recent years did become open to the public for free tours every Thursday. The tour space is very limited, so it is a good idea to plan in advance. You can easily book online to confirm available space. Again, it is free, so this is a no lose deal. The docents take you back in time to really help you understand everything about the property and events that have happened over time. Being located next to the State Capital, Iolani Palace, and State Art Museum, you can make a day of it just touring Hawaii's history in one walkable area. I don't recommend this for young children as it will be boring for them and they will disturb others who are trying to listen to the docent. This is a very adult and mentally mature type of activity.

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