The Hawai'i State Capitol, located at 415 South Beretania Street, was constructed at the direction of Governor John A. Burns and designed by the firms of Belt, Lemmon & Lo of Honolulu, John Carl Warnecke & Associates and Architects Hawai`i. It was built at a cost of $24.6 million. Construction was started on November 15, 1965 and completed on March 15, 1969.
The Capitol Building's is designed in a Hawaiian international style with many unique architectural features meant to symbolize unique aspects of the island state. It was designed with extensive amounts of open space, both inside and out, to convey a sense of open government. The center, normally reserved for a state capitol's rotunda, is left open to the sky and is centered around Tadashi Sato's 35-foot Italian glass tile mosaic, Aquarius. The building is surrounded by a reflecting pool, symbolic of the Pacific Ocean. There are eight columns in the front and back of the building groups of eight mini-columns on the balcony that surrounds the fourth floor and eight panels on the doors leading to the Governor's and Lieutenant Governor's chambers--all symbolic of the eight main islands. The outer columns that rise from the reflecting pools represent Hawai'i palm trees. The House and Senate legislative chambers are cone-shaped, symbolizing the volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii Capital Historic District National Register #78001020 (1978)