R&D: Ex Libris - Buildings of Hawaii
Book Release and Author's Talk

Date: January 18, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: R&D, 691 Auahi Street
Free, no RSVP

With elegance and authority, Buildings of Hawaii presents the architecture of the six major islands in the Hawaii chain. Don J. Hibbard delves into the development of the state’s distinct blending of the building traditions of the East and West within a subtropical island context. The first in-depth examination of the architecture of the Islands, Buildings of Hawaii covers structures from the early nineteenth century through the first decade of the new millennium. Included are Japanese temples, Chinese society halls, the only royal palaces in the United States, the earliest known reinforced concrete public buildings in the country, and the only nineteenth-century British-made iron bridge in the nation. Not only are masterworks of such mainland architects as Bertram Goodhue, Julia Morgan, Ralph Adams Cram, Skidmore, Owings and Merril LLP, Edward Killingsworth, and I. M. Pei considered, but vernacular single-wall building traditions of the plantation period abound. In addition, Hibbard’s entries examine the various distinct regional designs developed over the course of the twentieth century, and includes brief biographies of Hawaii’s major architects. More than 250 illustrations — including photographs, maps, and drawings — give further detail to the more than 400 entries.

Join Don at R&D on January 18 at 6:00 PM for a special presentation and book signing of this long awaited and much anticipated resource, representing twenty plus years of research.

Don J. Hibbard administered the State of Hawaii’s historic preservation program from 1981–2002 and now works as a heritage specialist and architectural historian. He has written several books on Hawaii architecture, including Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii; The View from Diamond Head and Designing Paradise.

AIA Honolulu