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Ali'iolani Hale

Address: 417 King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Phone Number: 808-539-4999
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Ranked #77 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Originally intended as a royal residence, the historic Aliiolani Hale was reconfigured to house...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Originally intended as a royal residence, the historic Aliiolani Hale was reconfigured to house government offices when Iolani Palace was constructed. Today, it’s still the home of Hawaii’s Supreme Court.

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Hurst, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This was on our list of things to do and did not disappoint. Well worth a visit and across the road from the lolani palace. Some good history and reading to be had here. One tip for 5-0 fans looking for that picture, get there in the morning as the Sun is all wrong for that picture in the afternoon.... More 

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Cornwall
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144 reviews 144 reviews
34 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Interesting place to visit if you want to learn the history of Hawaii. Free entry. Façade being used in current Hawaii Five 0 series. Expect security check of baggage before entering. Toilets inside building. This is right opposite Iolani Palace.

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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
39 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Aliiolani Hale is the Hawaii State Supreme Court building. Exterior shots have been used for the current version of the Hawaii Five-O TV series. In front of the Hale is the famous gold-leaf statue of King Kamehameha the Great. The statue is a very popular tourist attraction; there was a large crowd taking photos. There are a number of beautiful... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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128 reviews 128 reviews
66 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a beautiful building. Nicer than the Iolani Palace as an architectural point of view. There is a small but free museum on the second floor about the curfew era in Hawaii during WWII. The banyan tree in the parking lot is impressive. King Kamehameha V statue is in front of the building.

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Sydney, Australia
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42 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This place is right next to the Iolani Palace. We hadn't planned to visit here but the statute drew us in! The security is tight as it is the Supreme Court - x-ray machines and bag checks. Once inside there is an educational exhibit detailing the legal changes and challenges faced by Hawaii, with mentions of the history of martial... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Although the building houses the Supreme Court - so expect security checks on the way in), there is a great history interpretation centre focusing on Hawaiian jurisprudence through the ages. Includes a 1913 courtroom and lots of exhibits - including the only surviving jury chair from the first ever (Western style) jury trial. Sounds dry, but is worth an hour... More 

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tennessee
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285 attraction reviews
353 helpful votes 353 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Yes, anyone who has seen the new Hawaii 5-0 or just about any show or movie from Hawaii has seen this memorable building with the iconic statute of King Kamehameha. Plus it is across the street from the Iolani Palace so you get an easy twofer. Get a picture, visit the inside briefly to enjoy this beautiful building and then... More 

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Houston, Texas
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8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

I've only seen a few episodes of the new Hawaii Five 0, but I did recognize the building used in the exterior shots for the squad's office, it's the Ali'iolani Hale, the home of the Hawaiian Supreme Court. Hidden inside this building is a small museum, that is free, that details the development of Hawaii's legal system from the days... More 

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

There's a small museum about old Hawaiian law. Beautiful rotunda with stained glass ceiling. Curved marble staircase. Don't miss the clock hanging from the ceiling of the back hallway. I think it's carved wood. It's reminds me of an upside down mantle clock. I loved it.

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