Hawaii State Capitol Building
The Hawaii State Capitol Building is a must-visit for groups looking for local history and education while in Honolulu, this attraction being the official statehouse of the State of Hawaii.
Located in downtown Honolulu, on Oahu, this grand 1960s building features an atrium, courtyards, memorials, statues, and tours. The building was commission by John A. Burns, the second governor of Hawaii, opening in 1969 to replace Iolani Palace. Inside you will be able to see Hawaii State Legislature convening, the main tenants being the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and all Legislative Offices.
Many people like to visit just to see the architectural style of the building, built in Hawaiian International Style, which is essentially an American adaption of Bauhaus style. The building was built with natural aspects of Hawaii in mind, as you will see with elements such as the reflecting pool representing the Pacific Ocean, 2 cone-shaped legislative chambers representing the two volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian islands, and coconut tree-shaped columns supporting the structure. The entire building is designed in an open-air style, allowing rain, sun, and wind to enter.
You can tour the building and grounds during your visit, and see the statue of Father Damien, as well as Queen Liliuokalani.