The Clarence Cooke Guest Beach House, built in 1929, is significant for its associations with the development of Lanikai, and as an example of a beach house constructed in the Hawaiian style of architecture during the 1920s and adapted to residential use in the postwar period. It is also significant for its associations with Hawaii financier Clarence Hyde Cooke. The Cooke beach house is one of the few remaining beach houses in Lanikai that stand as a reminder of the opening decade of the development of the area. The house retains features from its initial construction in the 1920s, such as the board-and-batten walls, inset lanai, and double-pitched hipped roof. But, it also shows architectural features from the 1950s, when it was remodeled into a modern residence, which have attained significance in their own right. These include sliding doors, jalousie windows, canec ceiling panels, and vertical tongue-and-groove interior walls.
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