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Outrigger Canoe Club

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1963, Vladimir Ossipoff and Associates, and Wimberly, Whisenand, Allison and Tong. 2909 Kalakaua Ave.

Asked by the canoe club to “provide a quality of openness and an atmosphere of gracious Hawaiian informality,” the architects developed a simple structure which exudes Hawaiian hospitality from its coral and concrete entrance pergola to its hau-embowered, beachfront terrace. Flat-roofed and single-storied, with coral and concrete walls capped by a copper fascia, the building unobtrusively dissolves into its surrounding landscape. The club offers a congenial, meandering sequence of integrated indoor-outdoor spaces, from the plumeria-shaded zigzag walk bordered by a Japanese dry stream garden to the entrance terrace gently flowing into the low-ceilinged foyer, and then down to the pergola-covered lounge and restaurant. The oceanfront lounge's hau terrace recalls a feature of the former clubhouse that was situated between the Moana and Royal Hawaiian hotels. Started in 1908 to revitalize the sport of surfing on boards and outrigger canoes, the club moved to its present location on the expiration of its lease in 1963, the victim of rising land values.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Outrigger Canoe Club", [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, 166-167.

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