The Yamase Building is a two-story, wood-frame, tongue-and-groove structure that was built in a curved form on a corner lot along the main thoroughfare of Waimea, a small town in West Kauai. It has a rectangular wood shingle gable roof with small hip ends that cantilevers at the corner at approximately 20 feet from the first floor supporting wall and also features gable end walls with wood louvered vents. The Yamase Building is significant as a very distinctive representative of commercial architecture in rural Hawaii built by an itinerant Japanese temple builder named Murukama. It is also significant for its association with the development of commerce in Waimea town and the success of immigrants in Hawaii.
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