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Kealakekua Public Library

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1950, Howard Redfearn. Mamalahoa Hwy. and Ala Keekee Pl., Kealakekua

Constructed at a time when Kealakekua was the population center for the Kona district, this rustic single-story library is a distinctive post–World War II example of regional design in Hawaii. Protected by its low-pitched, corrugated-metal hipped roof, the building employs lava rock and ohia timber walls on the exterior and ohia-paneled walls on the interior. The rear addition of 1973 more than doubled the capacity of the original 1,610-square-foot library. Redfearn also designed the ohia half-timbered Holualoa Public Library in 1951.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


What's Nearby


Don J. Hibbard, "Kealakekua Public Library", [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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