Liliha Street

Mid-century modern buildings

The 1400 block of Liliha Street – between N. Vineyard Blvd. and Kiapu Place – is a delight of  mixed-use and smaller low rise commercial buildings, some dating back to the 1950s. Most have seen better days but the area is definitely worth a look, especially for the modernist library. Listed from  SW to NE … click on addresses below for Google Map locations.

1408 Liliha Street – This modest 3-story mixed use building was designed by Takashi Nakamura in 1960; its distinctive curved frontage hugging the corner of Liliha and Vineyard.

American Security Bank (1420  Liliha Street) – Designed by Edwin Bauer in 1960, this moderne-style commercial building is currently occupied by First Hawaiian Bank. For more modernist banks, click here!

Liliha Square (1425 Liliha Street) – This site features a retro residential concrete tower and some retail at its base.

Lung Kong Kung Shaw Society Hall (1428 Liliha Street) – Built in 1952 and designed by George Sui for the Chinese cultural society of the same name, this delightfully askew-looking concrete structure has been their Hawaiian home for nearly 65 years.

Liliha Sunrise building (1436 Liliha Street) – This 3-story building was designed by Walter Wong in 1963 and is distinctive for its metal-screened frontage. Commercial use functions street side while low-rise apartments fill the rear of the property.

Liliha Public Library (1515 Liliha Street) – Built in the early 1960s and designed by Stephen Oyakawa (who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright), this concrete structure boasts a distinctive bubble lattice facade, face brickwork and a streamline moderne look. For more modernist libraries, click here.

Visited 5145 times, 2 Visits today

Tagged In edwin bauer,first hawaiian bank,george sui,hawaii,Honolulu,liliha public library,Liliha Street,liliha sunrise,lung kong kung shaw society hall,MCM,Mid Century Modern,Modernism,modernist,modtraveler,modtraveler.net,See,stephen oyakawa,takashi nakamura and walter wong

Related Listings

IBM Building

1240 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI, United States

View More Details

Mid-century modern buildings Designed by noted modernist architect Vladimir Ossipoff for computer giant IBM in the early 1960s, this iconic building exudes tropical modernism primarily because of its unique precast… Read more…

University of Hawaii

2444 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI, United States

View More Details

Mid-century modern buildings Founded in 1907 and relocated from Thomas Square to its current Manoa Valley location in 1912, The University of Hawaii campus at Manoa expanded dramatically during the post war boom… Read more…