Federal Building, US Post Office and Courthouse
154 Waianeuneu Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
View map [a nongovernment website]
Since its completion in 1917, this single building has been a main local representative of the federal government, first in the territory and later in the state of Hawaii.
Property Manager: Andrea Kalahiki
Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For more building information or service calls, see contact information at top right (or by scrolling down on mobile devices). For other federal government information, call 800-FED-INFO.
Parking and Public Transportation
There is no parking available in the building for the general public. Public transportation is available via Hele-On Bus [a nongovernment website].
ADA access is available at the entrance to the building.
Major tenants are the U.S. Post Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Veterans Affairs. In the latest (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 63% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.
History and Architecture
New York architect Henry Whitfield designed the new building in 1915. Whitfield, who was Andrew Carnegie's brother-in-law, had just completed the design for the Honolulu Carnegie Library. Whitfield designed the building in the Mediterranean Renaissance Revival style, which blends traditional classical architecture with features more suited to a tropical climate. The building was one of the first in Hawaii constructed using reinforced concrete, a technology that was common on the mainland. Construction was completed and the building occupied in 1917. It originally functioned as a courthouse, post office, and custom house. Other tenants included the Immigration Bureau, Agricultural Extension Service, Weather Bureau, and Internal Revenue Service.
The Federal Building, U.S. Post office and Courthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.