Costing a little more than $24,500,000, the State Capitol was built in 1969. The unique architectural features of Hawaii’s State Capitol are symbolic of various natural aspects of Hawaii.
Built in 1969, Hawaii's State Capitol is unique in its design, for the reasons listed below.
To symbolize the:
Pacific Ocean - a reflective pool surrounding entire building.
Volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian Islands - two large Legislative Chambers that are cone-shaped.
Coconut trees - columns around the perimeter of the building with that shaping.
Hawaii’s Capital is an open- air design, allowing sun, wind, and rain to enter; the central rotunda opens to the sky. These are all various natural aspects of Hawaii. The project of refurbishing and repair work cost more than $60,000,000 - costing 2 ½ times more than the actual building.
Located at the entrance is the Saint Father Damien of Molokai Sculpture. Across the street is The Eternal Flame memorial. This Capitol building has been featured in various movies and television show (Magnum P.I. for example).
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