Open house at state archives celebrates 110th anniversary

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The public got a chance to take a trip back in history Friday.

The Hawaii State Archives hosted an open house in celebration of 110 years of serving the public.

Established by statute in 1905, the archives first opened its doors to the public in 1906.

“We wanted to take this opportunity and share these very, very important records with the public all in one time, because many of these items are typically in the safe and they are not available for public viewing on a normal occasion,” said state archivist Adam Jansen. “They require advanced notice, special handling, and special arrangements to bring them down, so we took this opportunity to put them all into one room at once so the public can really enjoy their heritage.”

Among the items on display are Queen Liliuokalani’s marriage license and personal song book where she wrote the tune and lyrics for “Aloha Oe.”

There’s also a Pearl Harbor exhibit in honor of the 75th anniversary of the attack.

“We have the original architect’s rendering of what the proposed Arizona Memorial would look like. It’s done in watercolor, and it’s absolutely beautiful,” said Jansen.

The Hawaii State Archives collects and preserves Hawaii government records dating from the monarchy to the current Legislative session, and includes private collections, photographs, maps, artifacts, and library collections specializing in Hawaiian history, culture and Pacific voyages.

It is located on Iolani Palace grounds and is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., except holidays.

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