If you appreciate history, architecture, or politics, don't miss seeing the Hawaii State Capitol. As you approach the building, stop for a moment to consider the architecture. The design of the building shows the birth of the Hawaiian Islands from volcanoes. Volcanoes, water, trees, and sky are all part of the structure.
No guided tour is offered, but tourists may pick up a self-guiding brochure. We enjoyed a look in the House of Representatives chamber where the representatives were just leaving for a lunch break. We did not get to go inside the Senate chamber because the senators had already left, and the door was locked, but we did get a look through the large windows. When you go to the office to pick up the brochure, be certain to notice the inside, open air architecture of the building. On the grounds, take time to see the statues and Hawaii's copy of the Liberty Bell. Across the road from the "front" of the building is the eternal flame.
The Iolani Palace and the State Capitol building back up to each other. It's easy to tour both in a couple of hours. Take time to appreciate the beautiful old trees between the two structures.
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