The Waikane Store is a simple, one story, rectangular building with board and batten single wall stud construction and an asphalt shingle hip roof. The foundation is raised on post and pier but is slab on grade in the center. The building was originally a World War II structure, a large mess hall, moved by the Moriwaki family who has run the store from 1930 until present day. The original mess hall, built in 1942-43, was a simple rectangular building, but the Moriwaki’s only took half of the building in 1949 and altered it to meet the needs of a store and residence. The Waikane Store is significant as a one of a handful of rural “mom-and-pop” stores that retains its integrity of setting. Also, the store owners still live within the same building as the store, a practice rarely found in the existing mom-and-pop stores of Hawaii. Architecturally, it is significant as an unusual representative of these types of stores and is representative of the ingenuity and perseverance of the family.
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