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Built in 1929, Kawailoa Training School for Girls at Maunawili in Koolaupoko includes five major buildings sited on approximately 430 acres on the slopes of Olomana peak. All the buildings in the district are of one or two stories. They are designed in a Hawaiian style of architecture, and are distinguished by their prominent roofs. Of the five buildings, four are of masonry construction, while the former superintendant’s cottage is of frame construction. Kawailoa Training School for Girls is significant for its architectural design and layout, and its association with the evolution of industrial schools in Hawaii. Architecturally the district is significant as an example of C. W. Dickey’s translation of his emerging ideas on an appropriate and distinctive architecture for Hawaii into public buildings. The district is also significant for its pastoral setting on the slopes of Olomana, the prominent and dramatic geographical feature in Maunawili.
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