Built in 1928, the Leong-Yap Residence is a typical Kaimuki home. The Bungalow style of the main house, complemented by the historic plantation style cottages to the rear of the lot, creates a picture of the evolution of Kaimuki. The evolution of a vernacular “Hawaiian” style of architecture incorporates the Bungalow style and the Plantation style in defining an appropriate architectural form for the Hawaiian climate. The “Hawaiian” vernacular form uses input from US mainland architectural styles adapted with wide over-hanging eaves to shade windows from the sun, the use of large windows to create airflow patterns, and corrugated metal roofing to deal with the sometimes vast amounts of tropical rain. The Bungalow style of the main residence and the similar Plantation style of the rear two residences maintain the integrity of these features, ensuring their place in the ranks of history.
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