Welcome to Washington Place, the three-acre historic mansion of rulers that is located in the midst of Hawaii’s Capital Historic downtown District in Honolulu. This popular Greek Revival Palace was first established in 1847 and was first prominent during the reign of Kamehameha the Great. Perhaps the biggest claim to fame for this home, however, is it being the house of Queen Liliuokalani and her infamous arrest during the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Today this storied home serves as a representation of what life was like here from the 1840s to the mid-1900s. Isaac Hart was the designer and constructor of this elegant home, which he chose to sit on the fringe of a village at the time, providing excellent scenic views for guests today.
Washington Place became a National Historic Landmark it 2007 but has remained the center of social and political life in the Hawaiian islands for over 160 years. Since 1922 this home has been the official residence for the governor of Hawaii, as well as an educational visitor center. Walk around and learn about the Queen’s favorite parts of the house, her home for 55 years first beginning in 1862. The center welcomes guests to learn the significance of the state’s history through the lives of its previous (and current) residents. This is an excellent opportunity to learn something new about Hawaii and the Islands of the Pacific!
If you would like a private tour of the home be sure to reserve one ahead of time, the tours only happening every Thursday.