In 1847, Washington Place arose on the outskirts of Honolulu―the new capitol of the Hawaiian Kingdom, then ruled by King Kamehameha III, son of Kamehameha the Great.

Built as the personal residence of the well-known American trader, Capt. John Dominis, the elegant mansion is perhaps best known, as the home of Queen Lili‛uokalani, Hawai‛i’s last reigning monarch. Following her marriage to the Captain’s son, John Owen Dominis in 1862, she would call Washington Place home for the next 55 years.

For more than 160 years, Washington Place has remained at the center of social and political life in the Hawaiian Islands and since 1922, has served as official residence for the Governor of Hawai‛i.

In 1999, the Washington Place Foundation was founded with a key mission of encouraging interest in and providing support for the preservation of Washington Place, recognizing that this place and its residents have played a significant role in shaping the history of Hawai`i.

Washington Place was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007.

Donations to the Washington Place Foundation, a 501(c)(3)organization, support ongoing programs and preservation.


Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii
L.E. Edgeworth,
Bishop Museum