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Buildings of Hawaii

Don J. Hibbard

BUY Cloth · 352 pp. · 7 × 10 · ISBN 9780813930947 · $65.00 · Jul 2011

Historic Preservation Community Service Award, American Society of Interior Designers - Hawaii Chapter (2011); Ka Palapala Po'okela Book Awards , Hawaii Book Publishers Association (2011)

With elegance and authority, Buildings of Hawaii presents the architecture of the six major islands in the Hawaii chain. Don J. Hibbard delves into the development of the state’s distinct blending of the building traditions of the East and West within a subtropical island context. The first in-depth examination of the architecture of the Islands, Buildings of Hawaii covers structures from the early nineteenth century through the first decade of the new millennium. Included are Japanese temples, Chinese society halls, the only royal palaces in the United States, the earliest known reinforced concrete public buildings in the country, and the only nineteenth-century British-made iron bridge in the nation. Not only are masterworks of such mainland architects as Bertram Goodhue, Julia Morgan, Ralph Adams Cram, Skidmore, Owings and Merril LLP, Edward Killingsworth, and I. M. Pei considered, but vernacular single-wall building traditions of the plantation period abound. In addition, Hibbard’s entries examine the various distinct regional designs developed over the course of the twentieth century, and includes brief biographies of Hawaii’s major architects. More than 250 illustrations—including photographs, maps, and drawings—give further detail to the more than 400 entries.

A volume in the Buildings of the United States series of the Society of Architectural Historians


As primary source material, Hibbard's tour de force is definitive and will serve Hawaii well for many decades to cme as we all struggle to learn from—and protect—our common legacy.

Curt Sanburn · Honolulu Weekly

"This is one handy reference"

Burl Burlingame · Star Advertiser

About the Author(s): 

Don J. Hibbard administered the Hawaii state historic preservation office from 1981 to 2002, and now works as a heritage specialist. He has written or coauthored several books on Hawaii’s architecture, including The View from Diamond Head: Royal Residence to Urban Resort, Designing Paradise: The Allure of the Hawaiian Resort, and Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii.

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