The S. Hata Building is a two-story, commercial building of reinforced concrete construction. The facade slightly curves at both ends to define the original contour of the road and is composed of five bays. Pilasters with inverted chevron capitals demarcate the bays, and with the exception of those flanking the centered entry, extend two stories in height. The first floor is devoted to retail use and the second story contains offices. The S. Hata Building is architecturally significant as a good example of an early twentieth century commercial structure in Hilo. In addition, it is significant for its associations with the development of downtown Hilo and the Hata Store which was owned by Sadanouke Hata. Mr. Hata has been recognized as Hilo’s oldest and foremost Japanese merchant.
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