Architecture of 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?
Kalaupapa became a National Historic Landmark (NHL) on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. As an NHL, the site is to receive special consideration in protecting its significant historic architecture and cultural landscape resources.