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Move from downtown gave nuns site with art deco charm

As you approach the front of the art deco building that now houses the Hawaii Baptist Academy elementary school at Nuuanu and Bates, your eyes can’t miss the nearly 15-foot-high grand entry doors of carved koa. It’s hard to think of others like them anywhere else in Honolulu. Read more

Project restores the luster of Iolani Palace’s old fence

Fences and walls can stir strong feelings. Think of the Berlin Wall or the proposed wall between Mexico and the U.S. Through the centuries fences and walls have caused controversy, bloodshed, turmoil and conquest. Read more

Kailua’s Boettcher Estate was wealthy clan’s escape

There is an 80-year-old treasure of a public building on Kailua Beach that has largely been ignored for about a decade. It is the Ossipoff-designed residence of the Boettcher Estate that sits in the middle of what became Kalama Beach Park when the city bought the property from Mae Boettcher in 1978 for $1.5 million — about half the appraised value. Read more

Cathedral renovation aims to revive 19th-century style

“Although the Cathedral (Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace) has been renovated in the past and had been maintained over the years, there has not been a major project to address her comprehensive needs for decades.” Read more

Building a key part of Waikiki’s history

Visitors to Waikiki in 1929 could probably be counted in the hundreds. There were only two hotels along the beach in those days – the 28-year-old Moana and the recently opened Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Read more


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