The Seishiro Hasegawa Ltd. Store Building is eligible under Criteria A and C. The S. Hasegawa Ltd. retail firm and building together are significant under Criterion A as they represent economic advancement for generations of Big Island residents. Initial area industries such as homesteading, ranching, and macadamia nuts, and Hawaiʻi’s sugar industry were complimented in Honokaʻa town where more diversified employment opportunities and goods were available. The Hasegawa Building is also significant at the local level under Criterion C as a good example of vernacular commercial “plantation” style architecture–a wood commercial building constructed in Hawaiʻi during the opening decades of the twentieth century. It is constructed on a concrete foundation, with wood frame and single vertical wood walls. The exterior of the building has horizontal bevel siding on all sides. Single and double double-hung windows extend along the façade of the second story, and around the first and second stories on the sides. The roof extends out around all sides of the building as a cornice with wooden decorative support elements evenly spaced. Commercial activities today occupy the first floor and two residential apartments the second.
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.