HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tuesday night, Honolulu Hale was illuminated blue, white and red — the colors of the french flag.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell requested the special illumination to show solidarity with France following the massive Notre Dame fire that ripped through the landmark cathedral Monday.
“Even though we are halfway around the world, we feel the unimaginable loss of not just a building, but a place that is a culmination of history, art, architecture, wars, revolution, and culture,” Mayor Caldwell said in a news release.
“Buildings tell stories about the lives of people throughout time, and Notre Dame has a life of her own. It wasn’t just the burning of a building, but much like the loss of a person,” he added.
The fire burned for nearly half a day, but according to international reports, many of the priceless relics within the cathedral were saved — including the crown of thorns, believed to have been worn by Jesus during his crucifixion.
"The history of Notre Dame is not over as she will be rebuilt with the love and strength of all people – not just in France, but around the world. There are more stories to be told from this very special place,” Caldwell said.
France’s president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the cathedral in the coming years.
During April, Honolulu Hale was set to be illuminated teal in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month. The city says Honolulu Hale will go back to teal on Wednesday night and last through the 20th.