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Queen Liliʻuokalani resided at Washington Place for a total of 55 years.

Washington Place Celebrates 175 Years

E Ola Mau I Ke Kumu: A strong foundation to grow and thrive

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. Hear First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige’s introduction on Hawaii Public Radio.

February 10:  Watch a recording of the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation’s lecture lecture on Washington Place history by docent Rianna Williams with introduction by First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige.

March 31: The 175th Anniversary officially kicks off with a special hula performance by 4th-grade students on the grounds of Washington Place and the signing of the Governor’s proclamation. Livestream will commence at roughly 9am, via the Governor’s Facebook page. For a list of participating schools, click here.

April 1: Washington Place opens a new exhibit on Queen Liliʻuokalani’s life. Closed to the public. For viewing opportunities, visit our tours page, and learn about our open house below.

April 2: From 1:30pm to 4pm, Washington Place opens its doors for a public open house, viewing of the new exhibit on Queen Liliʻuokalani, and Royal Hawaiian Band concert. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Use the button below to register.

April 23 & May 14: From 1pm to 3pm, the public may enjoy additional open house opportunities to tour the home. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Click here to register.

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: Learn more about 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. Starting at 3pm, take a self-guided tour of the home; then at 4:15pm, hear lectures by historic architect Katie Stephens and Hawai’i Pacific University history professor Douglas Askman. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

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.