The historic portion of Honokaa High and Elementary School consists of two classroom buildings and an Auditorium and Administration building facing a large sports field below a grandstand carved into the sloping land. The three buildings utilized shiplap siding, corrugated metal roofs, wood flooring, and post and pier foundations. Such details as crown molding, cornices, wainscoting, and original built-ins add to the historic character of the school. The Honokaa High and Elementary School is significant for its association with education and community life in what was the second largest town of the Island of Hawaii. Honokaa was at one time the focal point in the Hamakua coast of connected plantation towns that dotted the coast between fields of sugar cane.
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.