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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 11, 2002

Inside the governor's residence

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The new governor's residence is under construction for a November move-in.

Photos by Gregory Yamamoto • The Honolulu Advertiser

The new home on the grounds of Washington Place will serve as the residence for Hawai'i's governors, beginning with the one elected in November.

The second floor has a large lanai on the diamondhead side.
The home is designed to complement the architecture of Washington Place, while offering almost 5,000 square feet of living space and a wraparound lanai, a far cry from the cramped second-floor living area that has been home to 12 first families.

Thanks largely to the work of a group of people who came together behind the first lady to form the Washington Place Foundation, the building went from idea to reality in just three years.

Stairs lead to the second floor, which has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a TV-exercise area. Washington Place curator Jim Bartels stands in the shell of the new kitchen.

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