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The Wharf Cinema Center

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Due to the recent wildfires on Maui, this entry will be updated as more information becomes available.
c. 1975, Media Five, design architect Bonwui Ui. 658 Front St.
  • (Photograph by Jasperdo, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
  • (Photograph by Jasperdo, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

With a jumble of stairways, pergolas, balconies, flat roofs, and steep, skewed gable roofs, the center blends old and new in an engaging modern composition. Three stories of shops enclose a below-street-level garden courtyard. Meandering galleries and a glass elevator look down upon the shopping complex's delightful central space. Whispering streams and koi ponds embellish the courtyard, as do a trickling waterfall and an outdoor bar.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard



  • 1974


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Don J. Hibbard, "The Wharf Cinema Center", [Lahaina, 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, 204-204.

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