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Lahaina Public Library

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1955, Noboru Kobayashi. 680 Wharf St.
  • (Courtesy of Lahaina Public Library)

With its inviting makai lanai, double-pitched roof, and lava-rock walls, the library is a handsome 1950s Hawaiian-style public building. Banks of sliding and awninged windows once provided refreshing cross ventilation, but now primarily offer views and illumination for the air-conditioned structure. The building footprint in the library's front lawn is that of Kamehameha I's palace, which was constructed in 1798. The earliest known European-style building in the Islands, the palace project was undertaken by a pair of Australians, or Englishmen from Australia, who had escaped from that penal colony. The building stood until the 1860s.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard



  • 1955


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Don J. Hibbard, "Lahaina Public Library", [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, 205-205.

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