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Historic Honolulu, Part 1

Upon leaving Aloha Marketplace, we were more than ready to embark on our walking tour of Historic Honolulu, about a half-mile away.



Sites we wanted to see during our self-guided tour

The entire day was pretty much a walking expedition, not counting us hopping on a bus to Aloha Marketplace from our hotel. Of course, on the way to the historic district, I just had to take pics of a couple of cool things …



I love architecture, and this building is beautiful



Bike rack

It took us walking around in circles and asking someone if he knew where this was…





These cupcakes were the only ones they had left…



…and ohhhh myyyyy goddd, it was the most incredible Red Velvet cupcake ever!


 
Here begins our tour of Historic Honolulu…



The United States Post Office, Custom House and Court House
Built in 1922, then restored in 2002/2003



In 2003, it was renamed “King Kalakaua Building” and currently houses the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
King David Kalakaua was the last king of the Hawaiian monarchy

 
Statue of King Kamehameha I in front of the Ali’iolani Hale building, housing the Hawaii Supreme Court and State Law Library…



King Kamehameha I was the first king of the Hawaiian islands




 
Right across the street is the Iolani Palace, official residence of the last two monarchs, King Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani. It has been a museum since 1978…



Front gate of the Iolani Palace showing the Royal Coat of Arms



King David Kalakaua had this palace built, and was completed in November 1882
Palace facing South King Street



Backside of Iolani Palace (facing the Hawaii State Capital on South Beretania Street)


 
Two other buildings on the palace grounds…



The Coronation Pavilion, first used in February 1883
The Iolani Palace is in the background



The Iolani Barracks was used to house the royal guards, beginning in 1871

 
We saw the most unusual trees near the backside of the Iolani Palace…



We later learned they’re banyan trees!



 
Adjacent to Iolani Palace is the…



Hawaii State Capitol (it’s spelled “Hawai’i” in the state’s language)





A reflection pool surrounds the building



Statue of Lili’uokalani, the last monarch, and only queen ruler of Hawaii



Open-air rotunda inside the Hawaii State Capitol



It was a wonderful surprise gazing upwards…



…and seeing this!
‘Twas a perfect, gorgeous day!

Watch the video clip so you’ll see what I mean…

 


Statue of Father Damien
Father Damien was a Roman Catholic missionary who volunteered to care for the lepers on Moloka’i, another Hawaiian island



“Fear Banished the Suffering
In memory of the more than 7,200 victims of Hansen’s Disease and their helpers (kokua) who died in remote Kalawao and Kalaupapa, land of the exiled. Their courage and compassion spared others from their own tragic fate.”



Liberty Bell on lawn (near South Beretania Street entrance)

Stay tuned for Part Two.

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