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Adobe Schoolhouse

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1835. Mission Ln. and Kawaiahao St.
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)

A one-room missionary schoolhouse stands at the rear of the church grounds and is currently utilized as a preschool. One of only two known adobe buildings remaining in Hawaii, this simple structure is a startling reminder that in the 1840s at least 50, if not 70, percent of Honolulu's non-thatch buildings were of this material. Originally, the roof was thatched and most likely had a different pitch; the clay plastered, thirty-inch-thick walls were whitewashed. In 1920, the empty dilapidated building was refurbished as part of the missionary centennial celebration for use by the Free Kindergarten and Children's Aid Society. At that point, the frame kitchen was added to the makai end and the walls were stuccoed. Today the interior walls are plastered; however, a small wooden door may be opened to view the original adobe wall.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Adobe Schoolhouse", [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, 115-116.

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