• View of the Kalaupapa Peninsula

    Kalaupapa

    National Historical Park Hawai'i

Architecture of Kalaupapa

An old Hawaiian plantation style home in Kalaupapa.
An old Hawaiian plantation style home in Kalaupapa.
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Kalaupapa

Kalaupapa derives a remarkable physical unity and charm from its architecture and its local cultural landscape. Hawaiian plantation style architecture is characterized by low profile, wood-frame buildings that blend easily and naturally into the landscape. Other typical features of the style include vertical plank or board and batten siding, cornerboards, bellcast or hipped roofs with deep bracketed eaves, and inviting porticos.

Buildings of this type were once found in sugar cane and pineapple plantation camps and in residential areas throughout the islands, but because of Hawai'i's dense development they are rapidly disappearing. In sheer numbers and physical integrity, Kalaupapa's historic buildings are among the finest examples of their style remaining in the state.

Did You Know?

Damien Statue

On April 15, 1969, exactly 80 years after his death, a statue of Father Damien was unveiled in Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. An identical statue can also be found in front of Hawaii's State Capitol in Honolulu.