Building sights in Honolulu & Waikiki
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Born too late to take advantage of the tweedy academic architecture of the mainland, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, the central campus of the statewide university system, is a modern complex filled with shade trees and well-bronzed students. UH has strong programs in astronomy, second-language studies, geophysics, marine sciences, and Hawaiian and Pacific studies. The campus attracts students from islands throughout the Pacific.
Staff at the Ticket Information & ID Center provide campus maps and can answer general questions about the university. Free one-hour walking tours of the campus, emphasizing history and architecture, leave from the Campus Center at 14:00 on…
Built in the 1960s, Hawaii's State Capitol is not your standard gold dome. It's a poster-child of conceptual post-modernism: the two cone-shaped legislative chambers represent volcanoes; the supporting columns symbolize palm trees. Trade winds blow gently through an open rotunda, and a large pool representing the ocean surrounding Hawaii encircles the entire structure.
Visitors are free to walk through the rotunda and past the legislative chambers. In front of the capitol stands a statue of Father Damien, the Belgian priest who in 1873 volunteered to work among leprosy victims on Moloka'i. The stylized sculpture was created by Venezuelan artist Marisol Escobar. Directly…
City Hall, also known as Honolulu Hale, was designed and built in 1927 as a Spanish mission by CW Dickey, Honolulu's then famous architect. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it has a tiled roof, decorative balconies, arches and pillars, some ornate frescoes, and an open-air courtyard sometimes used for concerts and art exhibits.
On the front lawn, an eternal-flame memorial honors the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US mainland.