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Secrets of Hawaii :
The Governor's Mansion - WASHINGTON Place
Dinning Room with Picture of Queen Lili'uokalani
Photo courtesy of Aukipa

      The Governor's Mansion or Washington Place was built in 1842 by Captain John Dominis, a wealthy trader captain, as a family home. I fancy the grand entrance to the home with it's stately columns. I also find the history of the home fascinating due to it's connection to Hawaiian royalty and the past and present power structure in Hawaii. Some historical information is list below.
  •     John O. Dominis , the son of the original owner, later married Lydia Kamaka'eha Paki, the future Queen Lili'uokalani. The mansion became the personal property of Queen Lili'uokalani after the death of John O. Dominis.
  • Queen Lili'uokalani was arrested here after the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893. And then imprisoned at Iolani  Palace.
  • Later the property was acquired by the state of Hawaii. Governor Wallace Farrongton was the first to use the house as the Governor's Mansion in 1922.
Diplomatic Reception Room @ Washington Place
Photo courtesy of Aukipa
Need to Know:

     The Governor's Mansion is located at 320 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. Parking can be a problem in downtown Honolulu and expensive. The best bet is to park in the city garage located in the 500 block of South Beretania or park at Iolani Palace. Both parking lots are a short walk to the mansion and will allow you to explore other nearby sites.

        The piano in the right hand side of this photo was a  gift from the Hawaiian people to Queen Lili'uokalani. It is made of Koa, with the Koa being shipped to New York were the piano was made.
Photo courtesy of Aukipa
Playing at the Governer's Manson
     Difficulty Scale: 0 - Easy.