Washington Place Foundation

Washington Place Foundation is the Official Hawaii Governors Residence and a National Historic Landmark. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Weekly Public Tours now available

You are welcomed to Washington Place for a docent-led tour each Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Tours are confirmed no more than 30 days in advance due to the use of the home for the Governor's official events.  Large groups, schools, cultural groups, halau, and other groups over 12 are considered for alternate days or times for touring.  Contact through this website or at 808-586-0248 is required for reservations.   

Thursday public tours are started by checking in with the Sheriff's security at the front gates on Beretania Street shortly before 10:00.  You will then be met by a docent who will take you through the approximately 60 minute tour of the home.  We are proud to announce the opening of the second floor galleries highlighting the lives of the Queen, the Dominis family and the Governors in residence as well as the history of the home.  Special exhibits display personal items of the Queen and the Dominis family.

The tour is free of charge, but we encourage you to make a donation to the Foundation through this website to further the Queen's mission of culture, music and education; as well as the Foundation's work to refurbish and renovate the furnishings and interiors.  Mahalo for considering this cause.

A Washington Place Christmas

Washington Place Foundation together with the Governor and First Lady host A Washington Place Christmas on the second Friday of December.

Christmas trees and holiday decorations will be on view throughout Washington Place.

2017 showcased a choral performance by St. Andrew Cathedral Choir featuring traditional Christmas music with special songs honoring the first Christmas Open House at Washington Place in 1858.  Walk-through docent tours were again offered.  With the re-opening of the second floor, guests in 2017 were welcomed to enjoy the new galleries and exhibits featuring the life of the Queen and the Dominis family, the home's history, and the lives of the Governors in residence.  These exhibits are also now included in the Thursday public tours  

Reservations are required. Your calls are taken starting December 1st at 586-0248. Adults may be required to present a photo I.D. to enter Washington Place grounds and bags may be subject to inspection.

Free parking will be available at the State Department of Health parking lot (Kinau Hale Building) off of Miller Street.

Celebrate the 180th Birthday of Queen Liliʻuokalani on September 2, 2018

With the closure of the home for major safety renovations and maintenance the Queen's birthday celebration has been suspended for several years.  The Foundation looks forward to re-establishing this tradition in 2018. 

Performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band has highlighted the annual celebration.  Washington Place Foundation honors its mission to foster music, preserve Hawaiian musical culture, inspire young musicians and enrich the lives of the people of Hawaiʻi.  Through the years, the Royal Hawaiian Band would perform at Washington Place to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.  This was often documented in the newspapers with a paragraph reading “The Royal Hawaiian Band (Bana Hawaiʻi) was there entertaining the audience while they all were visiting the queen, there were many old songs, songs which the queen took great delight I while she reigned and mele that were sung in the days of King Kalakaua”. (Kuokoa, 9/5/1913. P.2).

This public event honors Queen Liliʻuokalani’s vision for Washington Place, which is to preserve Hawaiian language, culture,  and music for her people.

Please watch this space for an announcement of the 2018 celebration.

Nani Na Pua Ko'olau
 "Beautiful Flowers of Ko'olau"

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each year the Washington Place Foundations presents an evening gala as a fundraising event to continue their work of interior restoration, exhibits, and to further the Queen's mission that Washington Place is a place where the Hawaiian language and music would be preserved. 

On September 8, 2018 the Foundation will host an evening reminding you of another time in Hawaiʻi, giving their guests a chance to stroll the grounds while enjoying pupus and cocktails listening to Kimo Alama Keaulana and Lei Huli.  The Gala dinner created by award-winning chef Ed Kenney on the magnificent grounds of Washington Place will honor Queen Liliʻuokalani and her home.

Queen Table $10,000.00
Consort Table $ 3,500.00
Ali’i Table $ 6,000.00
Individual Tickets $ 350.00

Reserve a table now by calling Washington Place Foundation at (808) 536-8040 or by e-mail at wpfcoordinator@gmail.com.