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Waimea Plantation Cottages

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1982–1987, Fox Hawaii International. Kaumualii Hwy., mile marker 24

Serenity pervades the Waimea Plantation cottages, allowing guests to feel immediately at home on Kauai. The inspiration of owner-builder Michael Faye, this hotel broke with the norm, shunning the monolithic multi-story building form for a celebration of Kauai's West End sugar heritage. This unique hotel features forty-eight individual cottages, many furnished with a variety of period pieces. The cottages exemplify a century of plantation housing on Kauai, many of them having been relocated to the property from adjoining plantation camps. Beginning with the H. P. Faye and E. K. Bull residences of 1884 through a variety of single-wall camp houses dating from 1900 to 1940, and to 1980s infill units, the hotel transforms workers' housing into a bucolic ideal nestled in twenty-seven acres of coconut groves and expansive lawns.

Bob Fox's projects range from some of the earliest historic preservation efforts in Honolulu's Chinatown (OA16) to the design of resort hotels in India and Malaysia. Trained at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and Waseda University in Japan, Fox arrived in Hawaii in 1969, working in the offices of Vladimir Ossipoff and then George Wimberly before forming Fox Hawaii International in 1974.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Waimea Plantation Cottages", [Waimea, 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, 54-54.

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