The Historic Aliiolani Hale
Hawaii State Judiciary Building
The Aliiolani Hale is one of the most photographed
buildings in Hawaii because it sits behind the golden
King Kamehameha statue. The building is located
in the historic capitol district of downtown Honolulu,
across the street from the
Aliiolani Hale Decorated for the Winter Holidays
Kathleen Walling Fry
The Aliiolani Hale was originally intended to be a royal palace for King Kamehameha V
but instead it was used to house the government offices of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
King Kamehameha V himself laid the first cornerstone for the building
in early 1872, but he died on his birthday later that year, before
the building was completed. The building was dedicated in 1874 by King David Kalakaua.
The Aliiolani Hale was designed by Australian Thomas Rowe. It was completely
renovated in 1911 and a new wing was added in the 1940's.
From 1874 through 1893 - when the Hawaiian Monarchy was overthrown - the building
housed most of the government offices, legislature,
and courts of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The building was used by the
Government of the Republic of Hawaii for a few years, and beginning in 1900 it
housed the offices of the United States Territory of Hawaii. Today it is the
home of the Hawaii State Supreme Court, the Hawaii State Judiciary Administrative
Offices, the Judiciary History Center, and Hawaii's largest law library.
Honolulu's Aliiolani Hale was added to the United
States National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Visit the Judiciary History Center
The Hawaii State Judiciary History Center
inside the Aliiolani Hale features
multimedia presentations and exhibits, including
a restored courtroom and historic items.
Open Monday through Friday from approximately 8:00 amA to 4:00 pm.
Admission is free. Call 808-539-4999 for more information
and to confirm exhibit opening and closing times.
Time Capsule Buried Under the Aliiolani Hale
On February 19, 1872 a time capsule was buried
during the ceremony at which King Kamehameha V
laid the cornerstone of the Aliiolani Hale.
The time capsule included photos of the Hawaiian
royal family, Hawaiian postage stamps, the constitution of the
Hawaiian Kingdom, Hawaiian coins, local newspapers, a calendar, and books,
including a Hawaiian language dictionary. The capsule was located
using radar in 2005, but it was left undisturbed because digging
it up would damage the historic building under which it was buried.
2005 Dec 10:
Radar to Search for Royal Time Capsule
2005 Dec 11:
Radar Quickly Pinpoints Kamehameha Time Capsule
2005 Dec 11:
Long Lost Time Capsule Found in Hawaii
Book About the Aliiolani Hale
The full title of the book is "Aliiolani Hale, A Sentinel in Time:
A History of the Events
in the Life of Hawaii's Historic Judiciary Building".
It was written by well-known playwright Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl.
The book describes and explains events in the history of the Aliiolani Hale
and it includes full page photographs and floor plans. It can be ordered at
your favorite bookstore by referencing the ISBN number and it can be ordered
Native Books Hawaii.
Book Title: Aliiolani Hale, A Sentinel in Time
Author: Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
Publisher : Friends of the Judiciary
Date Published: May 2000
Number of Pages: 120
Location of the Aliiolani Hale
The Aliiolani Hale is located at 417 South King Street in
downtown Honolulu, between Miililani Street and Punchbowl Street.
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Father Damien Statue
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