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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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,010 contributions
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 20 November 2022
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MdTravelerX2
Silver Spring, MD551 contributions
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 15 February 2020
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RayMan222
Minneapolis, MN69 contributions
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 13 January 2020
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
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 1 January 2020
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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,408 contributions
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 29 December 2019
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ddvanisle
Nanaimo, Canada33 contributions
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 26 November 2019
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Dottie H
84 contributions
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 12 October 2019
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN1,024 contributions
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 17 September 2019
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marinexbiologist
Florida1,035 contributions
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 31 August 2019
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lmlizzio
Fort Worth, TX352 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Fantastic place to visit to really see the history of the city and the court system. FREE to go in and visit. They have a separate room that tells you the history of the islands beginnings and how it came to be in the political world. Recommend
Written 1 August 2019
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