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F. Koehnen Limited (Hackfeld Building)

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Hackfeld Building
1910. 76 Kamehameha Ave.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Built of reinforced concrete and spanning the entire block along Kamehameha Avenue, the two-story Hackfeld Building was the most substantial building in downtown Hilo when completed. Its classicizing features include scored first-floor walls, cornice, pedimented parapets, and lion heads. Much of its richly finished interior remains intact, with the open koa stair a major focal point. The window frames, column casings, and paneling are of the same material. The ohia floors were produced by the Pahoa Lumber Mill, which had just obtained a flooring machine. Previously this native hardwood was primarily used for railroad ties. The building served the company in several capacities: as a retail outlet for general merchandise, warehouse, and office for its sugar and insurance agencies. Mr. Koehnen, a former Hackfeld employee, purchased the building in 1957.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "F. Koehnen Limited (Hackfeld Building)", [Hilo, 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, 265-265.

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