Democracy by Design: The Hawai‘i State Capitol at 50

March 16, 2019

Democracy by Design is the theme of a full-day symposium exploring the role of design in fostering open government and democratic engagement planned for the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Capitol.


The Capitol was dedicated on March 15, 1969 on the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Statehood bill by Congress. Governor John Burns used his opening address to the legislature to expound on the openness and spirit of Hawai‘i:

“The open sea, the open sky, the open doorway, open arms and open hearts—these are the symbols of our Hawaiian heritage…It is by means of this striking architecture of this new structure that Hawai‘i cries out to the nations of the Pacific and of the world this message: `We are a free people…we are an open society…we welcome all visitors to our Island home.’ ”


DATE: Saturday, March 16, 2019

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; reception 3:45 to 6:00 p.m.

PLACE: State Capitol Auditorium

COST: Free and open to the public. Registration required.


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