The former Yamamoto grocery store is one-story in height, rectangular in plan and sits on a concrete slab. The building is single wall and constructed of vertical 6″ tongue and groove boards. It has a false-front facade with a corrugated metal gable roof behind. The store is significant for its association with the development of Wailea town, a small, yet typical plantation town along the Hamakua Coast. It is also significant as a representative example of a false front commercial buildings, the most popular vernacular style extant in small towns throughout the United States and in Hawaii’s plantation towns.
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