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News Building (Advertiser Building)

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Advertiser Building
1930, Emory and Webb. 605 Kapiolani Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)

The former home of the Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii's longest-running newspaper (1856– 2010), the News Building is Renaissance Revival with a Hawaiian flair. The recessed entrance's balustraded steps, round-arched central window, and two-story Ionic pilasters provide a dynamic focal point and anticipate the lobby beyond. Within the lobby, exterior restraint is released as the eye travels from the quarry tile floor to the curving double stair with terra-cotta banisters echoing the exterior steps. Octagonal columns with pineapple-accented Corinthian capitals and ceilings handpainted with geometric patterns of stylized images of poi pounders (a stone implement used to pound the taro corm into poi) and feather capes provide a Hawaiian accent.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "News Building (Advertiser Building)", [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, 122-122.

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