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St. Andrew's Cathedral Washington Place Mission Houses Museum
Hawai'i State Capitol 'Iolani Palace Hawai'i State Library
Honolulu Hale Old Federal Building Kamehameha I Statue
Judiciary History Center (Ali'iolani Hale) Kawaiha'o Church Honolulu Academy of Arts
Honolulu Police Department Hawai'i State Art Museum
YWCA of Oahu on Richards Street
 
St. Andrew's Cathedral St. Andrew's Cathedral
Tours led by docents will be offered including the Bell Tower, the kuono (sacred space) dedicated to King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma and the ancient meditation tool of the Labyrinth. Children are especially welcome. Most areas are wheelchair accessible. A short organ recital at 12:00 noon will display the sonic delights of the largest pipe organ in the Pacific. Tea and
cookies will be served. For more information please call 524-2822 ext. 215. Limited free parking available. Enter via Beretania or Queen Emma Streets.
 
Washington Place
Named in honor of the first president of the United States, Washington Place was built by John Dominis in 1846. His son, John Owen Dominis, married Lydia K.P. Kapa'akea who become Queen Lili'uokalani. The Queen, after the overthrow, made her home at Washington Place until her death in 1917. Washington Place become the rendezvous for all who defended the monarchy and sought the restoration of the Kingdom's sovereignty. Washing Place is now the Governor's official residence.
 
Mission Houses Museum Mission Houses Museum
Come hear the stories of cross-cultural encounter and change in 19th century Hawai'i House tours led by docents in period clothing will be offered through the historic structures, including the oldest frame house and the first printing office in the islands. Enjoy Hawaiian music, crafts and cultural art demonstrations on the 
museum grounds. Schedules: The Museum Shop (9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m), Winterbourne Tea Parlor (10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.) .will be open. Tours: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Japanese Tours: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information call 531-0481.
 
State Capitol Hawaii State Capitol
Discover the wealth of architectural features that interpret our island heritage in what some have termed the most beautiful State capitol. For more information call 586-0221
 
Iolani Palace 'Iolani Palace
The video "Restoration" will be shown every half hour in 'Iolani Barracks. The Palace Shop, also in the Barracks, will be open from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Palace Galleries will be open free of charge. See the magnificent feather cloak of Kiwala'o, the Crown Jewels, the Chamberlain's Office and other treasures of the Monarchy period. The Gallery Shop will be open. For more information, call 522-0832.
 
Hawaii State Library Hawai'i State Library (586-3500)
Designed by Henry D. Whitfield and constructed in 1911-1913, the library was partially funded by Andrew Carnegie. Renovations and new construction were completed in 1992. A large central garden courtyard featuring the mosaic Ocean Currents, by Hiroki Morinoue, is a relaxing study area. Edna Allyn Children's Room houses murals by Juliette May Fraser depicting Hawaiian legends.
The library holds 525,000 catalogued books and is the center of the only statewide library system in the United States. The library traces its roots to the Honolulu Library and Reading Room Association founded in 1879 with the support of Hawai'i's royalty. Grounds include: "Parent I" and "Young Girl" cast bronze sculpture by Barbara Hepworth.
 
Honolulu Hale
Honolulu Hale
See the great courtyard that opens to the sky. This architectural gem dates from 1928 and reflects the California-Spanish style design, which suits the local climate so well. Its interior courtyard, stairs, speaker's balcony and open ceiling were modeled after the
Bargello, a 13th Century Palace in Florence, Italy. The Neighborhood Board Commissions will be having ceremonies in the morning but do feel free to behold this building that is a mixture of styles. Free parking entrance at Alapa'i or Beretania Streets. For more information call 523-4674.
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Old Federal Building Old Federal Building M-F 7:45 - 4:30 (586-0221)
Construction began on the Federal Building in 1917. World War I delayed the project until 1922. The building was designed by architects York & Sawyer of New York. Currently, it houses state government offices and the Downtown Station Post Office.
 
Kamehameha I Statue
The most beloved and illustrious of Hawai'i's heroes, Kamehameha unified the Hawaiian islands. His government maintained peace and traditional Hawaiian values under the intense pressure of western culture. It is one of three statures cast in Paris from a model made by American artist T. R. Gould in Florence, Italy. The original was recovered from a ship that burned and sank off the Falkland Islands in 1880 and is now in Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The second was dedicated in 1883 as part of King Kalakaua's coronation ceremony. The third casting is in Statuary Hall in Washing D.C.
King Kamehameha I Statue
 
Aliiolani Hale Judiciary History Center (Ali'iolani Hale)
Encounter the people, places and events that made over 200 years of dynamic judicial history, from the days of Kapu in ancient Hawai'i to the laws and courts of a western world. The Judiciary History Center is located in historic Ali'iolani Hale, fronted by the king Kamehameha statue. For more information, call 539-4999.
 
Kawaiahao Church Kawaiaha'o Church
Kawaiaha'o, the first Christian church in Hawai'i, was built between 1836 and 1842 in New England style architecture. 14,000 coral slabs, quarried by hand from reefs ten to twenty feet under water, comprise the main structure of the building. Each slab, weighing more than 1000 pounds, was ferried to shore by
canoe. King Lunalilo, the first elected monarch of Hawai'i, was entombed on the church grounds. Many of the founding missionaries and their descendants are interred at the Mission Cemetery, first consecrated in 1823. The Adobe Schoolhouse was erected in 1835.
Sunday Services: are at 8:00 & 10:30 am.
 
Honolulu Academy of Arts
This bulding is noted for its beauty and architectural distinction. Free Admission to the finest collection of Asian art outside of Asia and two new exhibitions - "Vertical Landscapes" featuring the work of Fillippo Marignoli and the new works of Jeoong Sook Young and Hwa Ja Park. For more information call 532-8700. The Academy Shop will also be open. The Pavilion Café' will be serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For lunch reservations, call 532-8734. Validated 3-hr. parking for $1 is available next to Academy Arts Center at Linekona with entrances on Young and Beretania Streets.
 

Honolulu Police Department
Law Enforcement Museum
Learn about the Police department's royal beginnings as well as the real story behind the legendary Charlie Chan. For more information call 529-335.

 

Hawai'i State Art Museum
Housed in a historic Spanish-Mission style building that was originally the Armed Services Y.M.C.A., Honolulu's newest museum features "Enriched by Diversity", the largest and finest collection of works by 284 talented artists of Hawai'i for its inaugural exhibition.  Guided tours will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. For more information call 586-0900.

 

Washington Place
Visit the oldest building in Honolulu that has been in continuous use as a dwelling from the days of Queen Lili'uokalani through the Governors of Hawai'i. For more information, please call 586-0240. Free parking available at the State Department of Health lot. Enter from Punchbowl Street.

 
YWCA of Oahu on Richards Street
Guided tours of this "stately, beautiful, dignified" architectural gem of Julia Morgan, who also designed San Simeon, Hearst Castle. For more information call 538-7061. Café Laniakea, one of downtown's popular lunch spots will be serving lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For lunch reservations call 524-8789.
 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 19, 2006