Wasn't able to get in because it was too late in the day, but the architecture is unlike other capitals, and it looks a little run down. Many homeless sleeping on the grounds.
The building itself is unique and is an interesting study in architectural design. Unfortunately, the large number of homeless individuals sleeping on the grounds shows that the state of Hawaii has a very serious problem on their hands. We tried to photograph the Father Damien statue on the grounds and were approached by a homeless man who started harassing us... More
Honolulu is the best city I have visited. It has a new shopping area with designer shops both sides if the main road past Waikiki beach down to Ala Moana shopping centre. The roads are palm tree lined and wide and extremely clean. three different trolley buses operate and maps are available from most street corners. There are plenty of... More
We knew there was self-guide tour info somewhere but didn't really know where to start. Finally we noticed an office listing near the elevator, found the appropriate room number and headed up the stairs. We found the office, with its door shut, went on in (it felt like we were trespassing the whole time!!), and were given the rundown on... More
We went on a red trolley tour of the state capitol building which included Hawaiian culture. According to our docent, the open air roof is designed to resemble the view from a ship’s cargo hold, looking upward toward the door to the deck. The tour guide also stated the upper floors of the building, as viewed from the central courtyard,... More
Although it has been voted least attractive capitol building in the US, it is interesting to stare at it for hours trying to figure out why they ruined the look with art. If you don't know why it is shaped the way it is, this capitol is supposed to represent two volcanoes side by side.
We thought there was a guided tour of the Capitol Building, but it is only a self- guided tour. The architecture is unusual, with an open center court and the lower area shaped like a volcano. But there is not so much to see there. However, the people who work in the building were so nice! On the fifth floor,... More
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