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Honolulu Hale

Honolulu Hale
Front elevation along King St.
Honolulu Hale is located in Hawaii
Honolulu Hale
Location 530 S. King St., Honolulu, Hawaii
Built 1928
Architect C.W. Dickey & Hart Wood, Robert Miller, Rothwell Kangeter & Lester
Architectural style Italianate Spanish Colonial Revival style
Governing body Public
Part of Hawaii Capital Historic District (#78001020[1])
Added to NRHP 1 December 1978

Honolulu Hale (originally called the Honolulu Municipal Building), located on 530 South King Street in downtown Honolulu in the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, is the official seat of government of the city and county, site of the chambers of the Mayor of Honolulu and the Honolulu City Council.

In the Hawaiian language, hale (pronounced HAH-leh) means house or building. Honolulu Hale means Honolulu House (although the Hawaiian language word order would be Hale Honolulu). In 1978, it was listed as a contributing property to the Hawaii Capital Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


  • History 1
  • Gallery 2
  • Satellite city halls 3
    • Locations 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Honolulu Hale was an idea started by

  • City & County of Honolulu
  • Hawaiian Explorer

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There are a number of satellite city halls around Oʻahu, some of which have limited services.

Satellite city halls


Surrounding Honolulu Hale are other prominent historic and artistic landmarks: Aliʻiōlani Hale, Hawaiʻi State Capitol, ʻIolani Palace, Kawaiahaʻo Church, Sky Gate (a 24-foot (7.3 m) high sculpture by Isamu Noguchi), and the Territorial Building. Within walking distance are Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew and Washington Place.

A new, high-rise Honolulu Municipal Building was later added at 650 South King Street. In 2006, it was renamed the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building in honor of the city's most colorful and longest-serving mayors.[3]

Honolulu Hale was finally completed in 1928 with the help of every major architect in town—C.W. Dickey, Hart Wood, Robert Miller, and Rothwell Kangeter & Lester—but did not open for business until the following year.[1] It was built in an Italianate Spanish Colonial Revival style that was popular in the islands at the time. Its interior courtyard, staircase, and open ceiling were modeled after the Bargello in Florence. Einar Peterson was commissioned to paint frescoes in the interior while Mario Valdastri was commissioned to install intricate stonework. In 1951, two three-story wings were added to the original structure.[2]

, carried on Fern's dream. American Association of Engineers, who was also the Honolulu Chapter President of the Mayor John H. Wilsonahu and the Board of Supervisors dissolved in 1907 and established the City & County of Honolulu, Fern became its first mayor and began making preliminary plans for the construction of a city hall. Unfortunately, Fern died in 1920 of diabetes before he could persuade residents of the need for a permanent city hall. ʻ

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