The 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Hawai‘i State Capitol

March 15, 2019

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.’ ”

ABOUT THE COMMEMORATION

DATE: Friday, March 15, 2019

TIME: 10:00 a.m.  

PLACE: Rotunda State Capitol Building, 415 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

COST: Free and open to the public. 

The Anniversary Commemoration will celebrate this public space that is designed to foster democracy, provide opportunities for civic engagement and support the work of people coming together to govern and address societal concerns.

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