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Hawaiian Studies Building

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1996, Kauahikaua and Chun. Dole St.

A blend of ancient forms and modern materials, sitting on the edge of the Manoa stream, the Hawaiian Studies building makes a distinctive statement about its function. The complex of four buildings, with their steep, copper-clad, and rounded hipped roofs, continues Kauahikaua and Chun's exploration of appropriate Hawaiian regional design. Battered lava-rock walls contrast with the walls of glass and copper, as well as the flat-roofed walkways with their rhythmic pipe colonnades. Koa-paneled stairwells and doorways provide a further local accent, and the Japanese grilles in the faculty offices contribute to a light, open, inviting space. Further visual variety is achieved by the use of multiple levels, with steps accessing a lower-tier terrace which fronts on a two-story, open pavilion, and overlooks the loi kalo (irrigated terrace for growing taro) below.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hawaiian Studies Building", [Honolulu, 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, 153-153.

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