The Hawaii State Capitol has local characteristics. This American government assembly is very solemn and not a tall building. After all, the state is far away from the mainland and there is no visit in the assembly. It is a troublesome way to make an appointment and not very convenient.
The Capitol is a relatively large-scale building in Hawaii, but you can only visit the external structure, and the inside cannot be visited, but the surroundings are very lively, and there are many places to visit
Under the guidance of a great guide Ursula, we visited the botanical garden. This trip is rich and interesting. Ursula told us about the background of the botanical garden and the local ecosystem, explaining how and why this decision is important. We strongly recommend to book this tour through the Botanical Garden.
The building of the Hawaii State Assembly is very majestic, with the state emblem hung in the middle of the main entrance, with the words 1959 on it. That year Hawaii officially became a state of the United States of America. The building has a strong tropical style, with a courtyard with a porch and a spacious patio. You can see the blue sky and white clouds when you look up. The building is surrounded by tall palm trees. According to the information, the eight huge pillars supporting the building symbolize the eight main islands of Hawaii. The building is surrounded by pools, symbolizing that the island of Hawaii is located in the vast Pacific Ocean.
There is a sculpture of FATHER DAMIEN in front of the building. We guess it must be a figure with important relations with the state of Hawaii. Later, it was found on the Internet that this was a statue of a respected Belgian priest Damien. In 1866, he was forced to exile to Molokai, Hawaii. He dedicated his life to caring for leprosy patients and was regarded by the Hawaiians as the most loyal friend. .
On the other side of the building, the statue of Queen LILIUOKLAUI, the last Hawaiian monarch, faces the State Capitol, and below it says GIVEN WITH ALOHA BY THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII. It means that the people of Hawaii greet you! ALOHA is the most common greeting in Hawaii, and we also learned this greeting when we traveled in Honolulu. A simple word, including hello, thank you, welcome, goodbye, I love you, etc., can be used in any occasion.
On both sides of the first floor are conference halls, one called SENATE and the other called HOUSE OF REPRESENTITIVES. The latter opened the door, with the American flag and the Hawaiian flag in the center. Rows of seats are arranged in a semicircle, and each table has a computer. The staff said that the upper seat is open to the public. We see that there are also seats specifically for people in wheelchairs. When we went, the meeting of the day ended. The staff explained that there would be a meeting at 12 o'clock on the day. Welcome to listen in.
Upstairs is the office, and there are signs at the door of each room, indicating the name of the councillor and the area represented. At that time, I saw a woman holding a sign and yelling, as if she was asking the councillor to respond to a case.
This parliament building is very flavorful and not a traditional Gothic European-style building. The building is surrounded by water and feels very spiritual. I really like the architecture here and I can come and go freely.