Washington Place

Washington Place was the home of Queen Liliuokalani in 1862. Queen Liliuokalani was the last Hawaiian Queen before she was deposed by the “provisional government.” For more than 160 years, Washington Place has remained at the center of social and political life in the Hawaiian Islands since 1922, and has served as official residence for the governor of Hawaii.

Built in 1847 the house resembles a southern plantation style mansion. Washington Place Foundation is the Official Hawaii Governors Residence and a National Historic Landmark. Used be a home of last Hawaiian Monarchy, Queen Liliuokalani where she was arrested during the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom by the US. This museum has many collection of Queen’s personal belongings including a piano that she was composing many lovely songs, such as Aloha o e. You are able to attend one of Thursday guided tours, free admission, at Washington Place to learn more about Queen Liliuokalani and this a Greek Revival palace, built in 1847.


Washington Place has an eclectic mix of Greek Revival and indigenous tropical architectural components. The original central portion is a good example of the classical revival mansion with a two-level portico and central stairhall. Since its construction, Washington Place has held a prominent position in Hawaii. It was the home of a merchant trader Captain John Dominis, then to Queen Lili’uokalani, and finally to the Territorial and State Governors. It received its name, Washington Place on February of 1848. Since 1921, the Territory and later State of Hawaii has owned Washington Place and, until 2002, the house served as the governor’s official residence. At that time new accommodations for the governor were completed and the historic dwelling known as Washington Place became a museum. Washington Place was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007.

Washington Place is located at 320 South Beretania Street in downtown Honolulu. It is located next to the St Andrew’s Cathedral and directly across the street from the Hawaii State Art Museum and the Hawaii State Capitol Building.

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