The building is located at 425 South King Street in downtown Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The Territorial Building was designed by the architect Arthur Reynolds, in the Classical Revival architectural style. Building started in 1925 and was finished in 1926. A four-story tower sits atop a two-story base, with decoration only in the public areas. The front includes a large stairway with double landings, with massive columns for decoration. The central lobby has a leaded glass dome depicting the seal of Hawaii.
It became the home of the Attorney General of Hawaiʻi and other state offices. The building is adjacent to Aliʻiolani Hale and within walking distance of the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, Hawaiʻi State Library, ʻIolani Palace and Kawaiahao Church. The area was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as the Hawaii Capital Historic District.
In popular culture
During season nine (1976) of the television series Hawaii Five-O, Steve McGarrett and his men had their offices in the Territorial Building rather than their usual home at the ʻIolani Palace, which was undergoing renovations at the time. In the 2010 remake, the building facade serves at the Honolulu Police Department headquarters.
- Dale M. Lanzone and Gary Cummins (Spring 1976). "Hawaii Capital Historic District nomination form" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
- Burl Burlingame (June 27, 2004). "Territorial Office Building is district's underrated gem". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
- Hawaiʻi State Attorney General
- "Kekuanaoa Building". Elite Pacific Construction web site. August 2008. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
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