This house designed by L. David Larsen is a two-story structure with a ground story of lava rock stone and second floor of wood-frame construction with a wood-shingle exterior. However, the kitchen wing is of a single story. The upstairs is comprised of five bedrooms and three baths, along with the first-floor living and dining room. The exceptional size of the house reflects the entertaining and hospitality to visiting executives that the plantation manager was expected to provide. The house’s architecture and association with the Kilauea Plantation make it significant as it was the first stone residence built on the plantation and is the largest and most elaborate building of the remaining stone structures constructed by the plantation. The Kilauea Plantation Manager’s House is a good example of the Craftsman bungalow style of architecture in Hawaii and is unusual in its “butterfly plan,” which is well adapted to the necessities of climate and the more informal lifestyle found in Hawaii.
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