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Hemenway Hall was originally built in 1938 and has since been altered. Hemenway Hall is a two-story structure that is U-shape in plan; however the plan is not symmetrical. The building is constructed from reinforced concrete, with steel and glass details. The second story features a wide lanai with views of the ocean. The structure has a Dutch gable on hip roof with overhanging eaves. Hemenway Hall is significant for its associations with the University of Hawaii campus in the early period of its development. It is also significant for its designation as an evacuation center following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and for its use by the US Armed Forces Institute for a period of time during World War II. In addition, the building is significant to the history and development of distinctive Hawaiian architecture and was designed by Claude Albon Stiehl.
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.