King Kamehameha Day

It appears that Hawaii will celebrate its annual King Kamehameha Day on June 11, 2017 (this year it is observed on June 12th since the 11th is a Sunday).  Kamehameha I (aka the Great) was the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii after defeating the warring chiefs of the other islands and unifying the islands under one rule.  His history is written in Wikipedia at this link:  Kamehameha I

Kam Day (that’s what we locals say) is a local holiday celebrated with a parade and other Hawaiian cultural festivities.  I’m not sure what the events are on the other Hawaiian islands but in Honolulu that’s where the action is.  This post is not about Kam Day; it’s merely a segway to my Thursday Doors post for this week.

A statue of King Kamehameha resides in the courtyard of the Hawaii Supreme Court Building, Aliiolani Hale, which is located directly across the street from the Iolani Palace (of course, both fronting on “King Street”)   This building is named, Aliiolani Hale and more information about it can be found at this link:  Hawaii Supreme Court Building – Aliiolani Hale

You can see some royal palm trees in back of the statue but palm trees surround the entire courtyard of the statue.  There was an incident many years ago, I haven’t heard if the mystery was ever solved, whereby the royal palm trees that were actually taller than those depicted in this current photo were cut down and no one knew who did this.  The bare tree trunks looked like sticks surrounding the statue and they have since been replaced.  I guess that incident might qualify as one of the greatest vandalism events of a national monument.

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During my doorscurion, this was the view as I approached the Hawaii Supreme Court Building.

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The missionary-style architecture of the building includes stone masonry, arches and columns.

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The front facade displays the arched entrance and arched windows.

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The old historic building’s entrance with modern day security, metal detectors and x-ray scanning equipment (an unfortunate sign of the times).

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A side door, to the Judiciary History Center Office; how fortuitous (but the sign on the door said, “Restricted Entry” so I did not enter it).

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This ends this week’s post.  If you visit Honolulu, be sure to check out the old missionary-style architectural buildings before they are replaced with modern highrises.

And, I hope you get a chance to checkout all of the posts on Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors website.  Norm holds the master keys to the doors on his Thursday Doors website and he allows us door enthusiasts to sneak in to post our door finds from throughout the world; press the blue frog doorbell button and he’ll let you in.  Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his Thursday Doors blog.  For more blogs and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

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10 thoughts on “King Kamehameha Day

    1. Thanks, Deborah. Replacing “this” building would be difficult as the Hawaii Supreme Court Justices work there. However, many small parking lots are being turned into modern highrises and some older buildings are being torn down for newer condos.

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I wish I could have gone inside but I had time limitations on this doorscursion. I can’t recall if it was this court facility that I had to appear before the grandjury as a witness to a burglary at my parents home but that was an experience. It is a grand building! I have some photos of the next building that I might use for another TD post. Have a great weekend!

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  1. What a lovely building! The 2nd photo is my favourite with that beautiful lighting on the building.

    I’ve only been the Big Island, and hopefully I will get to return to Hawaii someday and see Honolulu.

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