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Wailua Golf Course Clubhouse

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1962, Ernest Hideo Hara. 3-5350 Kuhio Hwy.

The steep sweep of an enormous, double-pitched hipped roof defines the golf course's clubhouse. Its hollow-tile walls, even though emboldened by lava-rock veneer, are subsumed by the mass of shingles, and the la nai walkways with their chamfered posts are sheltered by wide overhanging eaves. A comfortable, well-organized series of rooms, the clubhouse is simple yet graceful. The lateral-running lanai walkway serves as the organizational spine of the T-shaped structure, penetrating the body of the T and separating the locker rooms from the linearly orchestrated public spaces including the office, the nineteenth hole, and a lounge. The lounge's sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the Robert Trent Jones Jr.–designed fairways and the ocean. The building's transom ventilators allow the free circulation of cooling trade winds.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


What's Nearby


Don J. Hibbard, "Wailua Golf Course Clubhouse", [Lihue, 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, 67-68.

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