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School for Girls

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1931, Goodhue and Associates, and C. W. Dickey
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Situated at the highest point of the Kamehameha Schools' campus, the School for Girls includes seven buildings dating to 1931, as well as several from the 1950s and 1970s. The seven original, plastered lava-rock buildings include the senior cottage (now used as a conference center), three dormitories, dining hall (now used as offices and classrooms), gymnasium, and library (now offices). These gracefully cascade down the hill, connected by covered walkways. With shallow, double-pitched hipped, tile roofs, and deep lanai, this homogeneous compound embodies its architects' thoughts on an appropriate regional design for Hawaii. Such forms as the masonry screens and tiled, pent roofs appear to derive from Chinese building traditions, although certain of the screen and railing motifs may have been inspired by Hawaiian kapa (cloth made from bark). The School for Girls has had an enduring influence on Hawaii's architecture, serving as a prototype for the Manele Bay Hotel on Lanai (LA11), the Hyatt Regency at Poipu on Kauai (KA17), the Aloha Tower Market Place (OA37), and many buildings of the 1990s.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "School for Girls", [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, 81-82.

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