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Washington Place welcomes public for Christmas Open House

Visit the home on December 15, from 5pm to 8pm. Presented by the Washington Place Foundation. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up via Eventbrite.

Queen Liliʻuokalani’s Royal Standard Returns to Washington Place

Read the press release from the Office of the Governor here.

Former Governor David Ige presenting the proclamation officially recognizing Washington Place's 175th Anniversary, March 31, 2022

Washington Place Celebrates 175 Years

As we commemorate 175 years of history at Washington Place, we offer diverse programming, including music and hula performances, new publications, and a host of visual presentations. Check back often to see new and upcoming events.

Timeline of 2022 events:

February 10:  Watch a recording of the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation’s lecture lecture on Washington Place history by docent Rianna Williams.

March 31: The 175th Anniversary officially kicked off with a special hula performance by 4th-grade students on the grounds of Washington Place and the signing of the Executive proclamation. The livestream can be viewed here.

 For a list of participating schools, click here.

April 1: Washington Place opened a new exhibit on Queen Liliʻuokalani’s life. For viewing opportunities, visit our tours page.

April 2: From 1:30pm to 4pm, Washington Place opened its doors for a public open house, viewing of the new exhibit on Queen Liliʻuokalani, and Royal Hawaiian Band concert.

April 23 & May 14: From 1pm to 3pm, the public enjoyed additional open house opportunities to tour the home. 

May 29: Local television station KHON premieres a special documentary covering much of Washington Place’s history. Encore airings take place on June 5, on KHII at 8pm, and June 9 on the CW at 6pm. The special can also be viewed online here. 

July 16: Historic architect Katie Stephens and Hawai’i Pacific University history professor Douglas Askman offered talks on Washington Place’s construction and evolution over time, including how it came to be the home of Hawai’i’s governors and what changes have taken place to preserve its rich legacy. Self-guided tours of the home commenced at 3pm; followed by the lecture at 4:15pm. 

Unable to attend any in-person events? Take a virtual tour here, or learn about the Queen’s life at Washington Place through this special excerpt from Liliʻuokalani: Reflections on Our Queen (2017), directed by Edgy Lee.

Media and News

Conversations with the First Lady

Every month, ʻŌlelo Community Media will be joining First Lady of Hawaiʻi Dawn Amano-Ige to bring you Conversations with the First Lady, a monthly series for children and families. In this thirty-minute show, she will be reading you some of her favorite children’s stories followed by a conversation with a community leader.

Additional News Stories

A Great First Lady Cares

Read the featured story from Generations Magazine published in August 2020.