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Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

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1973, Frederick K. Lesan. 81-6631 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kealakekua

An abrupt break with the design traditions of Kona, this credit union moved modern design out of the resorts and directly into the west side community. Its solid design still allows this little building to stand out in a neighborhood cluster of five banks. Its upward-flaring front roof supported by an oval-shaped pylon immediately catches the eye. Cantilevered over the entrance drive, the roof serves as a gateway to the rear below-grade parking. A rhythmic, bronze, iodine-finished window wall complements the dramatic front roof. Its rear windows are larger than the front ones but give the appearance that they are all equal in size as they gracefully march down the drive and curve over it at the building's rear. A thin, battered, white concrete wall terminates the window wall and rises above it. The bank's interior was remodeled in 1998, but the lava-rock-sheathed vault still remains. Frederick K. Lesan had an office in Burlingame, California, and was associated with Bank Building Corp.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union", [Kealakekua, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 255-255.

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