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Waikiki-Kapahulu Library

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1952, Lemmon, Freeth and Haines. 2680 Ala Wai Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)

Set on a broad lawn sprinkled with coconut palms, its rich Waianae sandstone facade lustrous in the sun, the library is a quintessential 1950s Hawaiian-style building. Modern in line, but Hawaiian in heart, the single-story, L-shaped library bears a residential quality, with its gently pitched, gabled roof and grand expanse of windows. The intimate walled garden space, the cast-stone masonry screen's depiction of an outrigger canoe, and the extension of the mauka roofline to shelter an independent walkway in a lanai-like manner, further contribute to a delightful celebration of Hawaii's culture and lifestyle.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Waikiki-Kapahulu Library", [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, 165-165.

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