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“Interesting Building” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ali'iolani Hale

Ali'iolani Hale
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Oahu Day Trip from Kapalua Maui: WW II Start to End
Ranked #95 of 318 things to do in Honolulu
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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.
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 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.

Visited September 2013
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“Location of King Kamehameha I Statue”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 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 red-flowered ginger plants in front of the building. In the rear parking lot is a grove of banyon trees. The Hale is across the street (S. King St.) from Iolani Palace, so it's a good opportunity to see both during the same stop. Parking seemed to be difficult, but I was on a bus tour...

Visited May 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Hawaii Supreme Court”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 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.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great educational experience, friendly guides!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 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 law, the development of the court system and other fascinating photos. A guide came up to me and was really friendly in explaining the information. He also seemed very excited to find out we were from Australia!

There is a court room where you can sit in the judge's seat and take photos. Upstairs is the functioning Supreme Court, but it was closed on the day we visited and the lights were off so we couldn't see inside. It is a small attraction, will only take an hour max, but a worthwhile visit. I do not believe we paid a fee to enter.

Visited February 2013
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating history centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 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 or so out of your downtown visiting (after the Kamehameha statue - right outside)

Visited April 2013
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