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Hanalei Center (Hanalei Elementary School)

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Hanalei Elementary School
1926, John Waiamau. 5-5190 Kuhio Hwy.

The five-room, bungalow-style school, with its broad lanai corridors tucked under the corrugated-metal, gable-roofed main body, was saved from demolition in 1987 when Gaylord and Carol Wilcox moved the building to this location as a focal point for a new shopping complex. Thanks to the efforts of Designare Architects, a remarkable amount of original design, material, and detail were preserved in the conversion from educational to commercial facility, including the sand-painted exterior walls, wire-mesh band of transoms, window bracketing, and shallow restroom wings.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hanalei Center (Hanalei Elementary School)", [Hanalei, 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, 74-74.

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