Hawaii Capital Historic District in downtown Honolulu is the home to a number of historic buildings, among which is the Washington Palace.This palace which is located at 320 South Beretania Street was Queen Liliuokalani’s home, the last reigning Hawaiian monarch and is also the place where she was arrested following the dramatic Hawaiian kingdom overthrow. This palace was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2007 and was the official residence of the Governor of Hawaii.
Washington palace was built in 1847, and was named after George Washington in the honor of his birthday celebrations. Lydia Kamakaeha Paki; the future Queen Liliuokalani married John Owen Dominis, the son of an American merchant sea captain and made the palace their private residence. It was designed in the Greek revival style by Issac Hart and built between 1842 and 1847 by Captain John Dominis, a wealthy American merchant sea captain. Unfortunately, the captain was lost at sea in 1946 before its completion, forcing his widow to turn it into a boarding house in order to support herself and her son. Her son, John later married the Hawaiian princess, who became Queen Liliuokalani.
Following the dramatic overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom,Queen Liliuokalani who had inherited the palace following her husband’s death, was arrested in one of its rooms and died in 1917 in one of the downstairs bedrooms.
The Territory of Hawaii purchased the palace in 1921 from the Queen’s estate and transformed it into the official Hawaii governor’s mansion. In total, thirteen governors called it home. A new governor’s mansion was built in 2001 on the same property leaving the original house to be turned into a museum.
The palace became a United States Historic place in 1973 when it was added to the United States National Register of Historic places. It is now a museum that opens its doors to the public on reservations made at least 48 hours in advance. Within its walls, visitors are able to learn firsthand about the history of Hawaii. The palace was designated as a National Historic Landmark on the 4th
of April, 2007 and contains a plaque to one side of the building near the sidewalk with the words of one of the most popular songs ”Aloha Oe”that was written by the Queen.
After a tour in the palace, you can also visit a number of destinations in Hawaii. The most famous place is the Waikiki beach with its clear blue water and white sand, on the beach you can indulge in a number of activities such as snorkeling, swimming, diving or even sunbathing. Other areas of interest on the island include the Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu zoo, the Diamond Head, the Hanuama bay, Pearl Harbor, and Halona blowhole. AlsoKauai’s south shore is among the many fascinating places to visit. Since the state of Hawaii comprises of only Islands, and each Island has its own unique features, then you will find a lotof things to do while you visit one of the world’s most famous touristic destination.
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