Stop 3: Iolani Palace Area
Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has a Royal Palace. Next to the Palace, we can find many other interesting attractions, including the State Capital and numerous statues.
As recently as the late 19th century, Hawaii had a Queen. The Royal Palace, seen here, is now open to tourists for special tours, and is the center for the annual Aloha Week celebrations (next photo).
Tourists and locals always enjoy the Aloha Week celebrations, which include the selection of the Festival King and Queen, as well as their Royal Court.
Even off to the side of the Palace, one can find interesting pieces of architecture. This bandstand is one such example.
Now, how would you like to have this coat of arms on your front gate?
In sharp contrast to the royal grandeur of the palace, Hawaii's State Capitol Building is very futuristic. As Hawaii only became a state in 1959, the Capitol is the most recent in the entire United States.
In other parts of Virtually Hawaii, we have seen Kalapapa on Molokai, where Father Damien spent many years taking care of the local sick people. This statue outside the State Capitol celebrates all that he did for Hawaii.
Just across the road from the Capitol, we can find the Governor's Mansion.
A statue to King Kamehameha I is located close to Iolani Palace. If you have been on our Virtual Field Trip of the Big Island you will have found the original version of this statue.
June 10th is King Kamehameha I's birthday, and in celebration dozens of giant flower leis are placed on his statue (this and the next photo).
One of the oldest churches on Oahu is Kawaiahao Church.
From here you can continue on to Stop 4.
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Author: Peter Mouginis-Mark
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Curator: Lori Glaze