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The East- West Center complex encompasses three buildings on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. These buildings- Jefferson Hall, Kennedy Theatre and Hale Manoa- were constructed as part of the Phase I facilities for the East-West Center between 1962 and 1963. The Center occupies fifteen acres on the eastern portion of the University’s campus, at the foot of Waahila Ridge, adjacent to Manoa Stream. The complex includes a pivotal 2-story administration building, a 2-story theatre and a 13-story dormitory. This complex is significant under criterion C, as an intact, representative work of a master, the architect I.M Pei. The East-West Center is also significant under Criterion A, for its contribution to Hawaii’s multi-cultural heritage and for its role in establishing the University of Hawaii as an international institution of higher education.
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.