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November 2017

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Join Mason Architects’ staff of six experienced architectural historians!

MAI is looking for an architectural historian with 5+ years of experience and who meets the SOI Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Historic Architecture, or similar, which includes a graduate degree in architectural history or a closely related field of study. Click here for full job posting.


October 2017

Tax Credits for Kunia Camp

Mason Architects Inc. served as the historic architect for the recently-completed rehabilitation of the Kunia Camp Historic District in central Oahu. Still surrounded by agricultural land, Kunia Camp is the last intact pineapple plantation housing community under one ownership on Oahu.

The Kunia Camp Historic District includes residences, residential garages, and several non-residential resources. The residences have the distinctive characteristics of the Hawaiian Plantation Style of architecture, including walls that are a single board in thickness and hipped roofs with wide eaves. The district is significant for its historic association with the development of the pineapple industry in Hawaii, its unique collection of plantation residences illustrating architectural evolution of the single-wall structure concept, and introduction of neighborhood planning features that supported a stable, family-oriented workforce for the plantation.

The project was approved for a 20% Federal income tax credit as part of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Program, which encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings, and is one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. This tax savings will go a long way towards covering the cost of saving and repairing these historic structures, and in providing future savings that can be directed towards maintaining this historic district.

A significant preservation incentive is currently at risk with the tax reform legislation currently taking place: the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Program. This tax incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings, and is one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. It has leveraged over $84 billion in private investment to preserve 42,293 historic properties since 1976, and is the most significant investment the federal government makes toward the preservation of our historic buildings.

A 20% income tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, to be “certified historic structures.” A 10% tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of non-historic buildings placed in service before 1936. Contact us if you have questions or want more information about the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Program and incentive currently at risk.


October 2017

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company

The Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company Building project was recognized at the 59th AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala on Saturday, September 16 at the IBM Building, with an Honorable Mention for Historic Preservation.

The AIA Honolulu’s Annual Design Awards is Hawaii’s oldest program of its type—held annually since 1958. Built and unbuilt projects submitted by local AIA members are judged on their merit by a distinguished jury of AIA architects.

The project was again honored at the 32nd Annual Renaissance Building & Remodeling Awards on Friday October 6, 2017 at the Modern Honolulu with a Grand Award in the category of Historical Renovation.

The BIA Hawaii Renaissance Building & Remodeling Awards celebrate excellence in building and renovation and recognizes the collaborative partnerships within our industry.


June 2017

Hawai‘i Public Radio

Founded in November 1981, the mission of Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) is to educate, inform and entertain by providing services to Hawaii, the nation and the international community that would not otherwise be available.

MAI has been a proud supporter of HPR since 2010. We congradulate them on their new look and are excited to contine our partnership.


May 2017

Historic Hawai'i Foundation Honors Six MAI Projects

During the 43rd Annual Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the YWCA Laniakea in Downtown Honolulu in Fuller Hall, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation presented MAI with six Historic Preservation Honor Awards. HHF’s Preservation Honor Awards are “Hawai‘i’s highest recognition of preservation projects that perpetuate, rehabilitate, restore, or interpret the state’s architectural and/or cultural heritage.”

  • Treatment Guidelines for Historic Facilities at JBPHH for Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, 2017
  • GRACE Center at the historic Bond District, 2017
  • Lana‘i Hospice and Physical Therapy Office, 2017
  • Eligibility Assessment Forms for Naval Air Station Barbers Point Parcels 1-16, 2017
  • Na Kupuna Makamae Center at Kaka‘ako Pump Station, 2017
  • ‘Ewa Community Church Restoration, 2017

  • March 2016

    Coconut Island, Marine Laboratory Buildings 1 and 2 at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

    Construction is underway on the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology’s laboratory buildings at Coconut Island. Originally built in 1965, the “Old Pauley Laboratory” contains 23,438 square feet of laboratory and administration space. The project is intended to provide state-of-the-art facilities to support research aimed at understanding and conserving tropical marine ecosystems.

    The project involves structural retrofits for seismic and hurricane standards, including solid-grouting the original CMU building shell; the design of new laboratories for biologists with chemical-resistant cabinetry and countertops, and all new laboratory safety equipment; and renovation of offices for HIMB administration, faculty, and graduate students including new furniture and finishes.

    The work is staged so that construction does not to interfere with sea-water system pumped through the laboratories which maintains the marine experiments. The renovation is anticipated to be competed in mid-2018.


    (Top) Nani Street Cottage, (Bottom) Koele Street House

    January 2017

    Lanai City Infill Houses

    Among the more than two dozen Lanai City projects MAI has worked on in the last four years, are many new infill houses or renovations to existing houses. Four houses have been renovated and are being used as residences, two others have been renovated to serve as a hospice and a physical therapy building and nine other homes have been built or are under construction as infill housing.

    The new infill housing units are usually on sites no larger than 3,000 square feet and are designed to fit into the vernacular housing landscape of Lanai City: They are modestly sized, single story, post-and-pier wood structures with hipped corrugated metal roofs and exposed rafter tails.

    MAI is currently under design to repair two more of the historic houses in the business district for commercial use in the future.