This graceful pink, tile-roofed California-Spanish mission style structure was built in 1929 and now serves as Honolulu's ... More
This graceful pink, tile-roofed California-Spanish mission style structure was built in 1929 and now serves as Honolulu's City Hall. Hale (pronounced HA-lay) means "house" in Hawaiian. The open interior courtyard is patterned after the Bargello, a 13th-century palace in Florence, Italy. Public space in the high-ceilinged lobby is often used for art exhibits, concerts and other public events. Between mid-December and the beginning of January, huge statues of Santa and Mrs. Claus in Hawaiian attire, penguins, reindeer and other winter decorations cavort across the expansive lawn and fountains. Admission is free.
This is a wonderful place to visit during the Festival of Trees, which is free to the public during a certain time in December. A very convenient location, right outside of downtown, across from the Main Library/Iolani Palace. The best time to go is at night, when the displays are at its best; be sure to bring your kids!