Our work not only retained the historic integrity of the Victorian-era building, but it also contributed to the reinterpretation of Hawaiian history and culture in a new, refreshing way.
To restore the original design, we reopened the skylight, which had been covered after the 1968 installation of electric lighting, and equipped it with light filters that eliminate UV radiation to prevent damage to the exhibits’ artifacts. We also installed 73 in-line fans between the floor and joists, which keeps the Hall at a temperate 70-72 degrees F. All double-hung windows were restored or replaced, and wood doors were installed on the inside of each window.
In order to modernize the Hawaiian Hall Complex, we designed a new atrium to connect the different levels of the galleries and provide accessibility while simultaneously offering a space for demonstrations and entertainment. This “elevator court” accommodates a five-stop elevator and bridges connecting the upper floor levels.
Photo Credit: Linny Morris
Historic Hawaii Foundation
Award of Merit 2010
Renovation Award Commercial/Other 2014