A grass hut memorial to famed author Robert Louis Stevenson has been restored and is reopening to the public nearly 90 years after the original hut was first sold.
Salvation Army officials say the “Little Grass Shack” will receive a Hawaiian blessing and dedication ceremony Thursday. The reopening, on the grounds of the Wai‘oli Tea Room in Manoa, comes eight years after the previous hut was flattened in a windstorm.
The author of “Treasure Island” spent six months living in Hawaii and many hours of his time at a grass hut in Waikiki, near the home of Princess Ka‘iulani. Archibald Cleghorn, the father of the princess, was friends with Stevenson, and the author became friends with Ka‘iulani, as well.
A Salvation Army official outbid a farmer for the hut in 1926, then moved it to Manoa onto Salvation Army grounds.