LIHUE — The distinctive mid-century architecture of Lihue continues to make historical past.
Historic Hawaii Basis partnered with the Hawaii chapter of Docomomo US and will host shows about Kauai’s mid-20th century architecture subsequent month.
“Whereas solely not too long ago thought of ‘historic,’ these locations are as a lot part of the island expertise and cloth as contributions of earlier generations of designers and builders,” stated Kiersten Faulkner, government director of Hawaii Historic Basis.
The shows and tour will likely be accompanied by a brand new full-coloration booklet that showcases buildings from the modern architecture motion on Kauai and contains how Hawaii’s put up-World Battle II constructing growth formed island communities.
The modern interval (1933-1979) was a time of great transformation in Hawaii as its standing modified from a territory to the 50th state, from a rural plantation society to an city one, and from an agricultural financial system to at least one dominated by tourism.
The put up-struggle financial growth and inhabitants progress spurred growth, and Hawaii design professionals responded with an unique, regional definition of modern architecture that integrated native constructing supplies and Native Hawaiian tradition.
“Due to their comparatively new age and familiarity, modern buildings and websites are sometimes perceived as commonplace and of much less worth than older historic constructions,” Faulkner stated. “Historic Hawaii Basis goals to counter that notion by bringing new neighborhood consciousness to make sure that the buildings and the interval they signify are recognized, preserved and stay a contributing a part of their communities for current and future generations.”
Based in 1974, the nonprofit Historic Hawaii Basis is a statewide group devoted to preserving historic buildings, websites, communities and objects that inform the tales of Hawaii’s historical past.
That is the sixth tour day that Docomomo US, Hawaii Chapter has participated in, stated Tonia Fung, president of the board of Docomomo Hawaii.
“We attempt to carry hidden gems to the forefront, so our excursions typically go to areas that individuals seldom see as mid-century modern marvels. Lihue would be the first time we're taking the tour on the street,” she stated. “Lihue has distinctive modern model buildings as properly.”
The architectural strolling tour demonstrates quite a lot of Lihue’s civic and industrial architecture. Highlights embrace Lihue Public Library, Kauai Battle Memorial Conference Heart, First Hawaiian Financial institution, Lihue Plantation Headquarters and Lihue Buying Heart.
Data can even be offered for a particular self-guided island tour on Oct. eight. The driving tour will function buildings resembling Vladimir Ossipoff’s Nationwide Tropical Botanical Backyard’s Analysis Campus, Architect Hawaii’s Koloa Union Church, Edwin Bauer’s First Hawaiian Financial institution in Koloa, Hart Wooden’s Lihue Union Church, and the Hanapepe United Church of Christ.
Its free Lihue Modern Architecture Presentation & Discuss Story occasion occurs Oct. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lihue Civic Heart.
The Lihue Strolling Tour takes place Oct. 7 from three to five p.m. starting in entrance of the Lihue Civic Heart.
The tour prices $35 for Docomomo/HHF members and Kauai residents.
Data: www.historichawaii.org, 523-2900