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Getting to know your Hawaii State Capitol
Getting to know your Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2013/04/23
Channel: HawaiiPublicAccessRm
HONOLULU, HAWAII, a full tour of the spectacular State Capitol building
HONOLULU, HAWAII, a full tour of the spectacular State Capitol building
Published: 2016/01/18
Channel: Vic Stefanu - World Travels and Adventures
Hawaii State Capitol - The Building of Our Hawaii
Hawaii State Capitol - The Building of Our Hawaii
Published: 2015/03/13
Channel: ArtatTheCapitolHI
Viewer catches Hawaiian flag error at State Capitol
Viewer catches Hawaiian flag error at State Capitol
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: KHON2 News
Activists Assaulted At Hawaii State Capitol (4/29/2010)
Activists Assaulted At Hawaii State Capitol (4/29/2010)
Published: 2010/11/29
Channel: Mitch Kahle
Hawaii State Capitol Tour
Hawaii State Capitol Tour
Published: 2013/10/30
Channel: Neil Abercrombie
Thousands of Hawaii teachers rally at the state Capitol
Thousands of Hawaii teachers rally at the state Capitol
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Star-Advertiser
Hawaii State Capitol Tour
Hawaii State Capitol Tour
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol Tour
Hawaii State Capitol Tour
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol Tour
Hawaii State Capitol Tour
Published: 2012/05/01
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu
Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol 1
Hawaii State Capitol 1
Published: 2015/06/13
Channel: dm mikami
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu this morning ‬
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu this morning ‬
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol Building
Hawaii State Capitol Building
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: Ricky Li
"Let the People Decide" Rally at the Hawaii State Capitol #SB1
"Let the People Decide" Rally at the Hawaii State Capitol #SB1
Published: 2013/10/29
Channel: Maricar Lagman Amuro
Universal Healthcare Rally February 25 2017 at Hawaii State Capitol
Universal Healthcare Rally February 25 2017 at Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: Universal Health Care Hawaii
Field Trip to Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu
Field Trip to Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Honolulu News
Let the Sunshine at the Hawaii State Capitol
Let the Sunshine at the Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2010/03/12
Channel: TheOpenGovernment
ハワイ州会議事堂 Hawaii State Capitol
ハワイ州会議事堂 Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: Kiyoto HISA
Pukalani Elementary School Field Trip to Hawaii State Capitol
Pukalani Elementary School Field Trip to Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2012/04/27
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2013/03/01
Channel: Honolulu News
Driving By Hawaii State Capitol Building
Driving By Hawaii State Capitol Building
Published: 2013/01/10
Channel: LonelyBirdTV
Hawaii State Capitol District Walkabout
Hawaii State Capitol District Walkabout
Published: 2012/06/18
Channel: keyele
1/16/13 Vandana Shiva at Hawaii State Capitol GMO labeling rally
1/16/13 Vandana Shiva at Hawaii State Capitol GMO labeling rally
Published: 2013/01/17
Channel: H. Doug Matsuoka
Hawaii State Capitol Sun Temple Masonic Sorcery Magic 1of3
Hawaii State Capitol Sun Temple Masonic Sorcery Magic 1of3
Published: 2012/05/28
Channel: Sun2k
Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Honolulu News
ACT221 - at the Hawaii State Capitol Building at 8AM!!!
ACT221 - at the Hawaii State Capitol Building at 8AM!!!
Published: 2009/01/22
Channel: laudowicz
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2013/03/13
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance Demonstrates at the Hawaii State Capitol   YouTube
Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance Demonstrates at the Hawaii State Capitol YouTube
Published: 2011/12/02
Channel: Occupyhilo
JACK JOHNSON AT HAWAII STATE CAPITOL OCTOBER 23, 2009; FURLOUGH FRIDAY
JACK JOHNSON AT HAWAII STATE CAPITOL OCTOBER 23, 2009; FURLOUGH FRIDAY
Published: 2009/10/24
Channel: TBERGHAWAII
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2013/02/21
Channel: Honolulu News
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Honolulu News
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol's atrium (May 2012)
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: Yummies4Tummies.com
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HIRA's Tito Montes Testifies at Hawaii State Capitol Against Same-Sex Marriage
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: Hawaii Republican Assembly
Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Leilani Sills
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Honolulu News
Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance Demonstrates at the Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance Demonstrates at the Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2009/04/04
Channel: andrewshimabuku
No GMO March & Rally at Hawaii State Capitol
No GMO March & Rally at Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2013/01/25
Channel: ANAMChannel
Hawaii State Capitol Field Trip 2013
Hawaii State Capitol Field Trip 2013
Published: 2013/04/12
Channel: Honolulu News
Haloa at the Hawaii State Capitol
Haloa at the Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2012/02/06
Channel: honuaconsulting
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Honolulu News
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
‪Hawaiian 🌺 culture day at Hawaii State Capitol this morning ‬
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Honolulu News
11/8/2013 Kumu Hina at Hawaii State Capitol during the rally supporting SB1 HD1.
11/8/2013 Kumu Hina at Hawaii State Capitol during the rally supporting SB1 HD1.
Published: 2013/11/11
Channel: Conchan50
Hawaii Korean Community protest at Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii Korean Community protest at Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2013/04/13
Channel: Tad Tamura
Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2015/09/02
Channel: Honolulu News
Tea Party Hawaii State Capitol Part 5
Tea Party Hawaii State Capitol Part 5
Published: 2009/05/01
Channel: Michele Van Hessen
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Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii state capitol from the south-east.jpg
The Hawaii State Capitol from the southeast
General information
Architectural style Hawaiian international architecture
Location 415 S. Beretania Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Construction started November 10, 1965[1]
Completed March 15, 1969[1]
Client State of Hawaii
Owner State of Hawaii
Design and construction
Architect Belt, Lemmon & Lo and John Carl Warnecke & Associates[1]
Hawaii State Capitol & Grounds
Added to NRHP 12/01/1978

The Hawaii State Capitol is the official statehouse or capitol building of the U.S. state of Hawaii. From its chambers, the executive and legislative branches perform the duties involved in governing the state. The Hawaii State Legislature—composed of the twenty-five member Hawaii State Senate led by the President of the Senate and the fifty-one member Hawaii State House of Representatives led by the Speaker of the House—convenes in the building. Its principal tenants are the Governor of Hawaii and Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, as well as all legislative offices and the Legislative Reference Bureau.

Located in downtown Honolulu, the Hawaii State Capitol was commissioned and dedicated by John A. Burns, second Governor of Hawaii. It opened on March 15, 1969, replacing the former statehouse, the ʻIolani Palace.

Monuments[edit]

Burns designed the restoration of the royal palace built by King David Kalākaua and Queen Kapiʻolani; as part of that effort, the Queen Liliʻuokalani Statue in the Capitol Mall between the capitol building and ʻIolani Palace was dedicated on April 10, 1982. The site was once Haimoeipo, the royal residence of Queen Dowager Kalama and later King Lunalilo, who died there.

Several other capitol building monuments decorate the statehouse grounds. The Beretania Street entrance features the Liberty Bell, a gift of the President of the United States and the United States Congress to the Territory of Hawaii in 1950 as a symbol of freedom and democracy. One of the more prominent monuments on the statehouse grounds is the Father Damien Statue—a tribute to the Roman Catholic priest who died in 1869 after sixteen years of serving patients afflicted with leprosy. Father Damien was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1995, and canonized on October 11, 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI. His feast Day is celebrated on May 10. In Hawaiʻi, it is celebrated on the day of his death, April 15.

The Eternal Flame on Beretania Street is a metal sculptured torch that burns endlessly as a tribute to all men and women from Hawaii who served with the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy in the major and minor conflicts in which the United States was engaged. Likewise, the Korean-Vietnam War Memorial pays tribute to service members who died in those conflicts. Dedicated on July 24, 1994 by Benjamin J. Cayetano, fifth Governor of Hawaii, the monument consists of 768 black marble pedestals engraved with the names of and 312 service members of the Vietnam War. A larger marble slab bears a Hawaiian language inscription of remembrance.

Architecture[edit]

The Hawaii State Capitol is on Hongor Street.
Hawaii Capitol interior
Reflecting pool

The Hawaii State Capitol is an American adaptation of the Hakonya style termed "Hawaiian international architecture". It was designed by a partnership between the firms of Belt, Lemon and Lo (Architects Hawaii Ltd.), and John Carl Warnecke and Associates. Unlike other state capitols modeled after the United States Capitol, the Hawaii State Capitol's distinct architectural features symbolize various natural aspects of Hawaii. Among them:

  • The building is surrounded by a reflecting pool, symbolizing the Pacific Ocean.
  • The two legislative chambers are cone-shaped, symbolizing volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian Islands.
  • The columns around the perimeter of the building have shapes resembling royal palm trees. There are eight columns in four rows at either side of the building, representing the eight main islands of Hawaii; sets of eight items appear in other places inside and along the outside of the building.
  • The Capitol is built with an open-air design, allowing sun, wind, and rain to enter; the central atrium opens to the sky and rainbows can sometimes be seen inside the building when it rains.
  • Four kukui nut trees are a numerical reference to the four main counties in the State of Hawaii. Sets of four items appear in many other places in the building.
  • When standing in the center of the structure, the chandeliers from both legislative chambers, which represent the sun and moon, can be seen through the glass walls, while the area that is normally reserved for a rotunda in most capitol buildings is left open to the sky. It is said that the sky is Hawaii's capitol dome.

Reflecting pool algae issue[edit]

From the time the Capitol was completed in 1969, the reflecting pool has had a persistent algae growth problem, due partly to the fact the pool is fed with brackish water from on-site wells. Attempts by the state to fix the problem included introducing tilapia fish into the pool and installing an ozone treatment system.[2] The state currently has the pool lining scrubbed manually with enzymes added to the water to combat growth. Some Capitol regulars say the algae growth has come to represent the pollution of the Pacific Ocean, in an ironic twist of the original symbolic meaning of the pool.[3]

Hawaii State Capitol view photographed from the rim of Punchbowl Crater

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hawaii State Capitol". Docomomo International. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Bernardo, Rosemarie (2004-05-12). "Capitol looking for fix to pools’ algae problem". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ Novak, Candice (2007-03-05). "Algae defeats state at Capitol pool". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 21°18′26″N 157°51′26″W / 21.307341°N 157.857266°W / 21.307341; -157.857266

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