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Hale Auhau

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1939, Harry K. Stewart. 425 Queen St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Although appearing to be two stories, this former state tax office actually has three floors, which are disguised by elongated windows and masonry grilles on the lower elevation, and a shallow, red tile, double-pitched hipped roof. By adapting the Spanish Mission Revival style to the building's period and place, this PWA-funded project makes a concise, crisp contribution to Hawaii's regional design synthesis. The H-shaped structure's front courtyard, entrance lanai, and balcony, coupled with Art Deco grilles, give the otherwise solid, reinforced-concrete building a sense of openness. The lanai's square-cut, finished, coral columns and balcony reinforce the Hawaiian character of the building.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hale Auhau", [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, 114-114.

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