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Hawai‘i’s Most Endangered Historic Sites

The Historic Hawaii Foundation, the State Historic Preservation Division and Honolulu Magazine compile an annual list of some of our state's most endangered places.


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The Chapel at Kapiolani Community College (Honolulu, Oahu)

Good things come to those who wait, and it seems that the chapel, which is still being used for classes and other activities, might finally get some much-needed TLC. Recent legislation (House Bill No. 2303) appropriated $575,000 for interior repairs, maintenance, refurbishment work, new paint and a new roof for the chapel. The bill took effect in July, and the funds released.


Additionally, KCC recently presented its long-range plan to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. “The chapel was identified as one of the most cherished places on the campus,” says Carol Hoshiko, the dean for Culinary, Hospitality and College Advancement. “In addition to the chapel, it was proposed that there be an auxiliary building [built] next to the chapel for joint use for the community and the campus.” The development plan was “approved in principle” by the board, meaning that, while the concept was approved, KCC has a ways to go before anything is finalized.


Haleiwa Residences (Haleiwa, Oahu)

When we originally wrote about these homes, Scott Wallace, the owner of the four plantation-style residences in Haleiwa along Kamehameha Highway, was trying to convert the property into a business district. “Even though I was able to obtain the zone change,” he says now, “I had an epiphany about evaluating the adaptive reuse potential of that space, creating live/work space and trying to do the right thing.” Doing the right thing meant hiring Fung Associates architect Tonia Moy, the firm’s director of preservation and a former architecture branch chief at the State Preservation Division, to draft a live/work design for one of the front cottages. The current drawing calls for a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment in the rear of the house and a small business/retail space fronting the road. Most importantly, notes Wallace, the design is within the original square footage.


When we spoke with him,  Wallace had secured the necessary wastewater-system approval, but had not yet submitted his building permit. Should all go well, it’s possible that one of the other houses will receive the same treatment.


Lapakahi (North Kohala, Hawaii)

Count this one as a win for the historic-preservation team. “We’ve raised all the money for the acquisition, and are working through some of the federal paperwork,” says Lea Hong, the Hawaiian Islands program director for the Trust for Public Land. “We hope to add Lapakahi to the state parks system before the end of the calendar year.”


Waimano Ridge (Pearl City, Oahu)

According to Janice Okubo, a spokesperson for the Hawaii state Department of Health, the 12 support buildings built between 1936 and 1954 at Waimano Ridge, formerly Waimano Training School and Hospital, are set to be demolished. At press time, a contract had been awarded for the demolition of the structures and work was expected to begin within a few months.


Contributing editor Jenny Quill’s online column covers Honolulu real estate. Find it at honolulumagazine.com.


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