Home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, Washington Place is also one famous tourist site in Honolulu. Take a glimpse of this historical structure by booking our Honolulu City tour package.
This amazing architectural work is located at Oahu’s capitol, Honolulu City. Its construction was initiated by a wealthy trader and sea captain, John Dominis sometime in the 1840’s. His son John Owen Dominis, later, married Liliuokalani, the princess of Hawaii. The governor of Hawaii also used this place as his official home for several years before it was formally transformed into a museum.
Sometime between 1842 and 1847, captain John Dominis commissioned architect Issac Hart to build a house for his family. However, the captain failed to come back from his journey at sea in 1846, even before the house was finished. To support their financial needs, John’s wife decided to accept boarders. Their son, John Owen, got married to Liliuokalani, the royal princess at that time and who later held the royal leadership.
The Washington Place served as Liliuokalani’s residence for several years after her marriage to John Owen. She continued to live there even after the death of her husband. Her peaceful stay at the place only ended after the dramatic overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893. The queen was arrested, dethroned and confined in a room downstairs. She died in the same room in 1917.
Post Monarchical Washington Place
The royal house became the official mansion for 13 governors of Hawaii since 1921 after it was purchased from the queen’s estate for $55,000. It was former Governor Wallace Farrington who first used it as his official residence.
On June 18, 1973, Washington Place was included in the list of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. In 2001, after a new governor mansion was built on the same site, the structure was transformed to a museum to provide historical information to the visitors. On April 4, 2007, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne designated the museum as a National Historic Landmark.
Visit the Washington Place
The Washington Place is just around the historic Downtown Honolulu, near the Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Capitol. Book a Honolulu City tour with us. Pearl Harbor Website is the only tour company in Hawaii that offers 5 star VIP services.