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Meet designing woman behind stately Laniakea

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, May 03, 2015
Quick: Can you think of a building in downtown Honolulu that is "stately, beautiful, yet radiating a friendliness of spirit and invitation of welcome?"

Hawaii tourism sprang from downtown saloon

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 05, 2015
It may come as new information to some that tourism got its initial funding in the 1800s from a small plot of land in a small saloon at the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu. How is that possible?

Education at Linekona stretches back 180 years

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 01, 2015
Let's say you went to Lincoln Elementary School — next to Thomas Square — in the early 1950s. By the time you reached the sixth grade, you had had Lincoln's Gettysburg Address drilled into you so often that you can recite it probably even today.

Iconic Shipman House restored to glory

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 01, 2015
In describing the restoration of the 1900 Shipman House in Hilo, the architect says it was a "labor of love for the owner." The owner describes it as "a midlife-crisis adventure."

Guiding force behind church's restoration recounts site's start, renewal

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2014
Huialoha Church marks its 155th birthday this year and so it is fitting to celebrate this historic structure in one of these columns. It is perhaps more fitting to recognize the person who was the major mover behind the restoration of Huialoha, Carl Lindquist, who died with his wife, Rae, tragically in a flash flood five years ago on Thanksgiving Day.

Color, glass windows gave Washington Place exotic air

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 02, 2014
Washington Place, built by American trader and sea captain John Dominis, is a beautiful, historic home that has several features that now seem ordinary, but were once exotic when the house was built.

Historic Cooke family home converted from hidden gem to contemporary museum

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 05, 2014
The Cooke family has contributed so much during the years to the Honolulu community in business, in the arts and in education. In one form or another, most of the physical manifestations of these contributions still exist, which can be attributed to the family's deep love for Hawaii.

Old courthouse serves community regardless of name

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 07, 2014
While I sat at the bus stop in Haleiwa — pretty well beat from having ridden my bicycle from the Hygienic Store in Kahaluu — I turned and looked away from the roadway, and a tired glance introduced me to the Waialua Courthouse.

Seaside compound holds vast treasure from Islamic world

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 03, 2014
Over the years, very wealthy Americans have often left behind pretentious residential structures. In many cases these castles and manors have been willed to the public for their enjoyment after their owners have gone to the afterlife.

Spectacular views, seclusion lure visitors to Kilauea Lighthouse

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2014
Of the six major lighthouses spotted around the islands, the Kilauea Lighthouse on the North Shore of Kauai is so popular that it draws a half-million visitors a year, which ranks it ninth among all visitor attractions across the state.

Cellar exhibit examines missionary life, medicine

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 01, 2014
When anyone steps down into a cellar or basement in Hawaii, it is most likely a brand-new experience. We don't have those cool underground spaces here that are found just about everywhere on the mainland.

Hotel Lana'i exudes intimate, old-fashioned charm

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, May 04, 2014
As your Island Air flight banks left and descends closer and closer to the Lanai Airport, there seem to be endless stretches of green pasture on either side of the airplane.

Canoe club remains architectural marvel on 50th anniversary

By Robert M. Fox and Barbara Del Piano Posted 02:01 a.m. HST, Apr 06, 2014
This year, the Outrigger Canoe Club celebrates the 50th anniversary of its traumatic move from the heart of Waikiki to its present Diamond Head location.

Center in Manoa highlights family's dedication to isles

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 02, 2014
Among many remarkable facts about the Cooke manse in Manoa is that a part of the Cooke family for more than 100 years has lived at Kualii. Sam and Mary Cooke reside there now. The result is a historic preservation endeavor probably without parallel in Hawaii.

Friendship Garden thrives under pair's faithful stewardship

By By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2014
It is hard to believe there is a gem of a 10-acre park above Kaneohe Bay that is owned by neither the government nor a corporation. Instead, it is mostly the vision of two individuals who over time have preserved this mini ahupuaa for enjoyment of the public.

Annual holiday decor at Honolulu Hale only part of its charm

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 01, 2013
With the community's eyes soon to be sharply focused on Honolulu Hale for the Christmas season, it seems appropriate to write about this important historic building since, besides the holiday gaiety, what goes on inside it affects most of our daily lives.

Guslander's savvy needed to revive Coco Palms resort

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever / Special to the Star-Advertiser Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 03, 2013
In its heyday, the Coco Palms Hotel in Wailua, Kauai, was probably the best known resort in Hawaii. There were good reasons for that exalted position. Certainly the design of the hotel and its grounds at the edge of a huge coconut tree planation was one.

News Building boasted quality architecture and journalism

By Robert M. Fox&David Cheever Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 06, 2013
If there is any question of the significance of the historic Advertiser building at the corner of South Street and Kapiolani Boulevard, consider this: Every day, seven days a week, for more than 80 years, various reporters, editors, production crew and printers chronicled almost every aspect of the daily life of Hawaii.

Wood-designed Wilcox Library stands out with stately facade

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever / Special to the Star-Advertiser Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 01, 2013
When it was built in 1924, the Albert Spencer Wilcox Memorial Library in the center of Lihue was a standout for a couple of reasons. First, there weren't any other substantial buildings surrounding it, except the stodgy Kauai County Building. Second, it was a relatively formal structure for Lihue, which is still mostly a country village.

Historic Kawaiaha'o Hall lends majesty to Mid-Pac

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever / Special to the Star-Advertiser Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 04, 2013
Typical of Hawaii, Mid-Pacific Institute today is an amalgam of ethnic groups. But in its early days it was really two schools without much diversity, made up of Kawaiaha‘o Seminary (1864), for the daughters of missionaries, and Mills School (1892), for boys of Chinese ancestry. Both were schools started in separate private homes.

Affected parties should meet to decide fate of College Hill

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever / Special to the Star-Advertiser Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 07, 2013
Most of us think of College Hill as the stately and historic mansion usually occupied by University of Hawaii presidents. Actually, the whole area behind Punahou School was at one time called College Hill.

Waterhouse home is a fine example of dedication to preservation

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever / Special to the Star-Advertiser Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, May 05, 2013
According to one source, the site for the historic Waterhouse home on Wyllie Street in the 1880s was "a place of leisure country living. Nuuanu Street was little more than a buggy lane twisting and following Nuuanu Stream past ranch lands and taro patches."

Care must be taken to preserve Kaimuki's quaint character

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever / Special to the Star-Advertiser Posted 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 07, 2013
Most of us who live in Honolulu usually crest the hill on Waialae Avenue only to get from one place to another.

Focus on surf culture could revitalize maritime center

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever / Special to the Star-Advertiser Posted 02:30 a.m. HST, Mar 03, 2013
It remains a mystery to many people why our Honolulu Harbor waterfront isn't more robust from a commercial point of view. The Aloha Tower Marketplace is a notorious example.

Preservation helps Chinatown retain its spark

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever Posted 02:30 a.m. HST, Feb 03, 2013
In today’s column, we invite you to listen in on our conversation as we take a walk down Nuuanu Avenue in Chinatown. The discussion covers how Chinatown was saved and the latest progress in its preservation.

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