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“Unusual design for capital”

Hawaii State Capitol
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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“Unusual design for capital”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

We walked to the capital from Chinatown. We would not have seen it if we had been in our car. Across the street is the palace with beautiful trees. It is a very unique capital building.

Visited March 2012
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Austin, Texas
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“If you are interested in State Capitols & their architecture, this one is a must see.”
Reviewed March 7, 2012

Although there is no guided tour, you may go to each individual office for a tour. (Governor, Lt. Gov., etc.) The architecture, however, is the star. This place is like no other, and represents the atmosphere of the Hawaiian islands perfectly. There is no dome. Well, actually, there is no roof even in the center of the structure. The House & Senate Chambers are cylindrical to represent the volcanoes that created the islands. The facade of the chambers is lava rock. I was very impressed.

Visited March 2012
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Sunnyvale, CA
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“Hidden Gem -- take the self guiding tour”
Reviewed September 30, 2011

If you are in the area looking at other key sights (Iolani Palace, State Art Museum), you should definitely visit this impressive and beautiful capital building. Go to room 415 ("constituent affairs") and pick up a free self guided tour of the building and key areas. They let you visit the legislative cheers and Governor and Lt. Governors front office. The Governors office was so impressive with all the Kia wood paneling. If they wanted to convey a feeling of openness and friendliness, this building and the staff certainly do it right. For a brief hour, this is a fun (and free) thing to do.

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Morris County, NJ
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“Great example of mid century architecture”
Reviewed September 27, 2011

Hawaii could have built their capitol building in a hundred different ways. All of which would have been fitting and appropriate for the state. When the building was built in 1969, they settled on a Hawaiian version of the then popular mid century style. One of the most noticeable items in the building are the columns on the outside. They could have put plain cement columns there and that would have worked. Instead, the columns were capped with palm trees; giving a distinctly Hawaiian touch to the mid century style of this building.

When you walk into the building, the first floor is open. You can see the state senate on one side and the state house of representatives on the other. There is a large mural on the floor with a map of the islands on it. This floor gives an appearance of openness, both visually and symbolically.

This is one of the more beautiful capitol buildings in the country.

Visited September 2011
5 Thank bwco
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