SAH Archipedia Highlights: Hawaii

Aug 22, 2023 by SAH News

The recent wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui have resulted in devastating human and cultural losses. The town of Lahaina, in particular, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, has experienced near total destruction.

Many of the sites that are now lost have been documented in SAH Archipedia and the Buildings of Hawaii print volume. Author Don J. Hibbard is working with SAH Archipedia editors to update the entries as more information becomes available. Please visit SAH Archipedia to explore more of the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Hawaii. Below are some of the sites reported to be lost. All photos by Augie Salbosa.

Call to action:
Dr. Janet Six, principal archaeologist for the County of Maui, is compiling a database of professionals working in fields related to historic preservation who are qualified and willing to help with the Lahaina disaster once the area is deemed safe by FEMA. They are looking for architectural historians, historic architects, structural engineers, cultural monitors, archaeological monitors, and other professionals working in this field. If you are able to help, please click here for more information.

Lahaina Jodo Temple (credit Augie Salbosa)

Lahaina Jodo Temple


First Hawaiian Bank (credit Augie Salbosa)

First Hawaiian Bank


Pioneer Inn (credit Augie Salbosa)

Pioneer Inn


Church of the Holy Innocents (credit Augie Salbosa)

Church of the Holy Innocents


Wo Hing Society Hall (credit Augie Salbosa)

Wo Hing Society Hall


Waiola Congregational Church (credit Augie Salbosa)

Waiola Congregational Church