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Hawaii Capital Historic District

Hawaii Capital Historic District
ʻIolani Palace
Hawaii Capital Historic District is located in Hawaii
Hawaii Capital Historic District
Location Beretania, Richards, King, Queen, Punchbowl, and Kawaiahao Sts., Honolulu, Hawaii
Area 57 acres (84% open space)
Built 1820s to 1969
Architect Various
Architectural style Varied
Governing body Public and private
NRHP Reference # 78001020[1]
Added to NRHP December 1, 1978

The Hawaii Capital Historic District in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been the center of government ever since the earliest days of the unified Hawaiian Kingdom.


  • Location 1
  • Contributing Properties 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


With the grounds of Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Capitol at its core, the historic district reaches inland across Beretania Street to include the buildings and grounds of Washington Place and St. Andrew's Cathedral; crosses Richards Street to include the former Armed Services YMCA Building, YWCA Building, and Hawaiian Electric Company Building; crosses Queen Street on the seaward side to include State Tax Office Building; and reaches across Punchbowl Street to include the buildings and grounds of Kawaiahao Church and Mission Houses below King Street and the city government core of Honolulu Hale and the Mission Memorial Building and Annex above King Street. Its architectural styles range from 19th-century adaptations of New England homes, through the Italianate Renaissance Revival and Neoclassical edifices of the Monarchy, through the Beaux Arts and Mission Revival inspirations of the Territory. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1978,[1] after the nearby Chinatown Historic District and Merchant Street Historic District had already been added.

Contributing Properties

A total of 20 buildings and structures contribute to the district:[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ Dale M. Lanzone and Gary Cummins (Spring 1976). "Hawaii Capital Historic District nomination form". National Register of Historic Places. U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  • Sandler, Rob, Julie Mehta, and Frank S. Haines (2008). Architecture in Hawai‘i: A Chronological Survey, new edition. Honolulu: Mutual Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56647-873-1

External links

  • Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. HI-536, "Hawai'i State Capitol, Beretania and Punchbowl Streets, Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI", 6 photos, 1 photo caption page
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