The former A. Nanbu Hotel is a turn-of-the-century Italianate structure sitting on the corner of the rural town of Kapaau. Typical of the Italianate commercial structures in Hawaii, this two-story, rectangular, single-wall, vertical board, post and beam structure features a heavy cornice at the top with decorative brackets. Other historic buildings on the property include the 1932 Holy’s Bakery, a simple single-wall tongue-and-groove structure as well as a Japanese bath house. The A. Nanbu Hotel/Holy’s Bakery is significant as one of a handful of historic buildings remaining in the Kapaau commercial area and as one of the few remaining rural hotels in the state. It is also significant as a rural, simplified example of Italianate architecture in Hawaii.
This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.