Kaupo School is a two-room schoolhouse built in a vernacular single-wall construction style utilizing tongue-and-groove vertical boards that were often used for rural schools throughout Hawaii. The original building is five bays wide with a wood staircase punctuating the center bay. The wooden frame building, simple in design with a generous lanai, is a representative example of the vernacular architecture that was typical of rural educational facilities in Hawaii during the 1920s and 1930s. Kaupo School is significant as a rare example of a small rural school in Hawaii, especially in Maui County where much grander educational facilities were supported as an expression of permanency.
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