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Hana Police Station and Courthouse

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1871. 4974 Uakea Rd., Hana

The Hana courthouse is a rare nineteenth-century example of tongue-and-groove, single-wall construction in Hawaii. Most single-wall buildings of the era are of board and batten, which is the method used in the double-wall, three-cell jail (1889) behind the courthouse. With limited light and ventilation, prisoners must have experienced a particularly hot confinement. The former seat of justice for the Hana district, this diminutive courthouse features a simple symmetrical facade dignified by a front-facing gable and pent-roofed porch. The courtroom remains intact and is now maintained by the Hana Cultural Center.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hana Police Station and Courthouse", [Hāna, 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, 215-216.

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