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Kohala Girls' School

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1874, D. F. Sanford

The Kohala Girls' School sits at the top of the Bond complex, and its two-and-a-half-story classroom and dormitory immediately catch the eye. Founded as a boarding school to educate Hawaiian women in Christian living and housekeeping, the school met with enough success to require the construction of additional buildings. In 1878, a single-story schoolhouse with a facade-length lanai was added, followed in 1884 by a laundry and carriage house, and in 1916 by a dormitory building. The final structure to appear on campus was the home economics building, later the dining hall, with a Doric-columned portico, erected in 1921. The school remained in operation until 1955. The buildings underwent a substantial rehabilitation between 2003 and 2008.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Kohala Girls' School", [Kapaau, 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, 280-281.

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