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3033 Oahu Avenue was built in 1928 on a Waioli Tract lot in Manoa Valley. This house is significant as an example of middle class housing in an expanding Honolulu community in the early 20th century. Construction of this house was part of a new residential pattern in Honolulu towards “small houses of the bungalow type.” Designed by architect Herbert Cohen Cayton, this Craftsman Style Bungalow has many interior and exterior features of the style, but shows regional influences with its lava rock foundation, fireplace and chimney. 3033 Oahu Avenue is also significant as one of the first “spec” houses in Hawaii. Built with no specific client in mind, the architect speculated on the needs and desires of the average buyer.
This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.