The Eric Fennel House was built circa 1910 and moved circa 1920 to its present location on a sloping lot on Ferdinand Avenue in Manoa Valley. The house was also known as Hopena-Alanui (Road’s End) because of its location at the makai end of Ferdinand Avenue. The lot was heavily planted and includes one of the first Calabash trees in Hawaii. It is significant for its architecture and its association with Dr. Eric Fennel, who arrived in Hawaii with the Army after World War I as the head of the Tripler Laboratory. He was one of the five founders of the Straub Clinic and was the first clinical pathologist in the Territory. Architecturally, the house exemplifies the bungalow style adapted to Hawaii’s climatic needs with wide, overhanging eaves, wrap-around lanai, and large windows.
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