Ali'iolani Hale
Ali'iolani Hale
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Originally intended as a royal residence, the historic Aliiolani Hale was reconfigured to house government offices when Iolani Palace was constructed. Today, it’s still the home of Hawaii’s Supreme Court.
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Sits behind or in front of statue of King Kamehameha depending on where you're standing.
Old art deco building which you can definitely go in and check out Monday thru Friday, has a historic wing too (on left side), but not open, guard told me closed "indefinitely", still building is nice to explore and it's marble staircases.
Written April 22, 2024
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Aliʻiōlani Hale located in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, currently used as the home of the Hawaii State Supreme Court. It is the former seat of government of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the Republic of Hawaii.
Written November 20, 2022
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MdTravelerX2
Silver Spring, MD542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
When we were in Honolulu last year, we stumbled into the History Center by luck. We didn’t have enough time to see everything we wanted to see. Back this year to Hawaii, we visited again. They present the history of the judiciary in Hawaii in a comprehensive and understandable way. It covers from the days of Kings thru territorial government to statehood. Off the beaten path. Seek it out.
Written February 15, 2020
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RayMan222
Minneapolis, MN67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is an excellent little museum that provides some background on development of justice system in Hawaii. The First bit covering this is a bit disjointed - certainly is not western linear presentation, but the info is useful. I found the small section on life in Hawaii after the attack on Perl Harbor most informative - gave real persective on mentality and efforts that develped after the siege. Highly recommended.
Written January 13, 2020
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happy4travel
Northern California1,225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We’ve always enjoyed Hawaii, it’s our favorite holiday vacation. Wonderful place and welcoming staff. We feel at home here. My granddaughter is now getting into the Hawaiian adventure! Oh, boy!!
Written January 1, 2020
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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,314 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Sitting directly opposite the Palace this building is often overlooked but it is equally impressive in its own way. There is a magnificent, said to be life size statue of King Kamehameha outside and he looks an imposing character. We were lucky on the day we visited as some filming was underway, probably an episode of Hawaii 5 0. Have a look round the back to see some magnificent banyan trees.
Written December 29, 2019
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ddvanisle
Nanaimo, Canada34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you are Hawai’i 5 0 fan then you must visit this site which is used in the show as “5 O Headquarters”.
Written November 26, 2019
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Dottie H
85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Just behind the King Kamehameha statue is the building for the Supreme Court. Lots of history of Hawaii exhibits inside, including WWII. Photos, dioramas, models. Working court & offices upstairs. Downstairs has all the exhibits, including the first courtroom. It's free. Have to go through security scanner because it is a government bldg.
Written October 12, 2019
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
While today this impressive Italian Renaissance Revival structure is home to the state's Supreme Court and other offices of the state's judiciary branch, it was designed originally to be a king's palace, specifically the palace for King Kamehameha V. However, when the plans arrived in 1871 from the Australian architect who drew them up, it was decided that what the country really needed was a building to house the state's legislature and courts. The palatial plans were modified for this purpose and construction undertaken in 1872.

Besides being an architectural triumph, the building was also something of an engineering marvel being constructed of a then relatively new building material described as “infinitely superior for both durability and ornament,” concrete blocks. As they have survived with no signs of deterioration for well over a century, the claim has proven very true. Under the supervision of Australian stone masons and with the addition of local convicts to bolster the ranks of the construction crew, the building was completed in two short years.

For the next two decades, the building housed not only the courts and legislature but also much of the kingdom's executive department. It even housed the country's first national museum and served as an observatory for the 1874 transit of Venus.

Ali'iolani Hale was also the focal point of the movement to overthrow the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893. The instigators of the revolution took over the building and stationed their troops here to counter the loyalist forces protecting the Queen in Iolani Palace across the street. After the establishment of the Republic of Hawaii, the legislature moved to the palace, renamed the "Executive Building," and this building became the "Judiciary Building," a function that it still serves to this day.

We visited Ali'iolani Hale along with Iolani Palace across the street recently. The exterior of the building, including the lovely courtyard and its statue of King Kamehameha I, is certainly beautiful (especially compared to rather nondescript modern state capitol building a couple blocks away). We didn't have time to go inside which isn't too big of a loss as it was gutted and completely rebuilt around 1911 so isn't original anyway - however, if you are interested in the judiciary history of the state, there is a museum inside that might be worth taking in. If history or architecture isn't your thing, the building may still be of "cultural" interest as it served as the Hawaii Five-0 headquarters in the old '70s TV series.
Written September 17, 2019
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marinexbiologist
Florida976 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Any Hawaii-5-O fans out there? Well, this is certainly a stop for you. The iconic "Hawaii-5-O Headquarters", also known as Ali'iolani Hale is a beautiful architectural landmark in Honolulu. It is a very easy spot to get to and there is super convenient parking just next door near the Kekuanaoa building. I think this would be a great place to visit, especially on a sunny day, because the area is beautiful, and you can also walk across the street and see the Iolani Palace.
Written August 31, 2019
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