New seating in the renovated Lana'i Theater

December 2014

Lana'i Theater Renovations

Originally completed in 1926, the Lana'i Theater was one of the larger buildings overlooking Dole Park and a conspicuous part of the recreational and leisure facilities of Lana'i City. At the time Lana'i City was built, Hawaiian Pineapple Co., Ltd (HAPCo) management placed considerable importance on the occupants' needs for diversion and recreation.

The goal of this renovation project was to provide two 98-seat, state-of-the art theater spaces to replace the single 130-seat theater, a new internal concession area within the footprint of the original building and new toilet rooms and support spaces in a new addition on the back. The new theater spaces are to be air conditioned and sound proofed to eliminate noise from nearby streets. This required a wholesale renovation of the interior of the building.

The Theater reopened to the public on December 20, 2014 after the completion of the $4 million upgrade.


Glenn Mason, AIA
6th Annual Frank Haines Award recipient

May 2014

Historic Hawai'i Honors Glenn E Mason, AIA

At its 40th Annual Preservation Honor Awards and 40th Anniversary Celebration May 30 at Dole Cannery’s Pomaika’i Ballrooms, Historic Hawaii Foundation honored Glenn Mason, AIA, founder and president of Mason Architects, Inc. with the 6th Annual Frank Haines Award. This accolade recognizes and honors an individual who demonstrated a lifetime commitment to preserving the history of Hawaii.

Mason Architects Inc. was also the recipient of five Preservation awards:

  • Bishop Museum Pacific Hall Restoration
  • Ford Island Center for Excellence Building 76 Rehabilitation
  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Building 155 Rehabilitation
  • Shangri La Jali Pavilion Restoration
  • NOAA Inouye Regional Center New Addition & Adaptive Use

  • Ali‘iolani Hale in the "Transitions" section

    February 2014

    Ali‘iolani Hale Restoration in Preservation Magazine

    Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, included Ali‘iolani Hale in their “Transitions” section of their Winter 2014 issue. Monthly this section focuses on “Places restored, threatened, save and lost.”

    This spring will see the completion of a number of MAI-led restoration and repair projects to Ali‘iolani Hale. Many of the repairs stemmed from an Existing Condition Analysis of this 1874 concrete building, completed by MAI in October 2010. Projects included: removing and replacing all spray polyurethane foam roofing; painting and/or refinishing all doors, windows, and shutters (including those in the makai addition); changing the landscaping, installing new lighting on the walkway; repairing the clock in the clock tower; and various interior repairs.


    Hana Hou! cover and Pacific Hall inset.

    January 2014

    Pacific Hall featured in Hana Hou!

    MAI was honored to have our recently completed renovation project, Bishop Museum’s Pacific Hall, featured in the December 2013/January 2014 of Hana Hou! The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines.

    This rehabilitation of Bishop Museum’s 128-year-old Entry Hall, Long Gallery and Pacific Hall was to meet modern museum standards - and present a fresh look at Pacific cultures and their relationship to the culture of pre-contact Hawaii. Elements restored encompassed all the original koa woodwork including the exhibit cases and railings, the tile at the main entry vestibule and the Pacific Hall entry, plaster and plaster colors and preservation and restoration of original window and rail cases. New air conditioning, lighting, fire protection, acoustic and sound systems were installed unobtrusively.