Celebrate Christmas with a tour at Washington Place


The Washington Place Foundation will host a special Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Reservations are required for this event and can be made through www.Eventbrite.com only, starting December 1.

A $5 donation to the Washington Place Foundation is suggested for adults.  

Proceeds will go toward programs and the preservation of the historic home.

The Christmas Open House at Washington Place began 160 years ago. 

Mary Dominis began the tradition of the “Christmas Tree” and the celebration of Christmas in family homes in Hawaii. 

Dominis was the widow of Captain John Dominis, who built Washington Place.

Visitors will take a guided tour of the 171-year-old home to learn about Christmas Eve 1858 that sparked this time-honored custom.  

The Christmas trees of Washington Place will be on view in the upstairs parlor. 

They include a tree that is reminiscent of the 1858 tree decorated by Mary Dominis for the children of Honolulu.

A Hawaii-grown Norfolk pine filled with ornaments created just for Washington Place will be on display.

Adult guests may be required to present a picture ID upon entrance to the property and may be subject to a bag inspection. 

No large bags will be permitted.  

Free parking (on a first come, first served basis) will be available at the State Department of Health (Kina`u Hale Building) parking lot (enter off Miller Street).

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