In the Heart of Lihue


Historic County Building
Rice Street, Lihue Hawaii 96766
The Historic County Building is Located on Rice Street between Umi and `Eiwa Streets. The building opened on May 9, 1914 by the Territory of Hawai`i with a lavish event held on the lawn in front of the building. The Historic County building was constructed on a five-acre plot acquired by the Supervisors. The cost for the land was $500 per acre. The architects that designed the building were Clinton Ripley, Arthur Reynolds and Louis Davis. One feature of the building’s design was that when the doors were left open, the warm air could pass through the skylight and into the central lobby. Originally, the building was the home of the County Board of Supervisors - Kaua`i County’s first elected positions. The County did not have a mayor until the 1960’s. The Historic County Building has been registered into the National and State Register of Historic Places, and is now the home to the County Council and the County Elections Office. The Kaua`i Historical Society is also Located on the first floor in the space formerly occupied by the Mayor.