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Governor’s Office — Governor, First Lady to host Washington Place Christmas events

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige will host two holiday events for the public at newly restored Washington Place, featuring tours of the historic home and Christmas and Hawaiian music.

The first is the Washington Place Foundation Annual Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors will be able to see the new second-floor exhibit areas, which include refurbished rooms with personal items from Lili‘uokalani before she became queen; artifacts from the Dominis collection; photos from past governors of their families and dignitaries; and a history of the building’s changes through the years.

The Cathedral of St. Andrew’s choir directed by Todd Beckham will perform at 6:30 p.m., and several decorated Christmas trees will fill the 170-year-old home, reminiscent of the tradition started by Mary Dominis, widow of Captain John Dominis, who built Washington Place.

Reservations are required. Please call 586-0248 or reserve tickets online at by Friday, Dec. 8. Adults may be required to present a photo I.D. to enter the Washington Place grounds and bags may be subject to inspection.

The second event, part of the ‘Aha Mele Hawaiian Music Series, will be on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. Free live entertainment, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, will include the Turnaround Arts Hawai‘i students from Kalihi Kai Elementary School, Hālau Na Mamo O Pu‘uanahulu, and members of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. To reserve a space online, go to