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Monday, April 8, 2013

Walking tours focus on architecture

Wherever you’re shopping for a home, it’s always a good idea to learn more about the neighborhood you’re looking in or how the buildings and homes were constructed, plus it can be interesting.

I had planned to feature a new free architectural walking tour of historic Waikiki given by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu chapter, but it’s so popular that over the weekend the tour slots filled up.

However, you can still sign up for the waiting list in case of any cancellations, so I’ll still give you the lowdown and info on another AIA Honolulu event happening in celebration of April’s Architecture Month.

Led by AIA architects and other design-minded volunteers, the two-hour walk, which starts at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, covers architecturally significant historic buildings in Waikiki, including the Cooper Apartments on Seaside Avenue (pictured above). Though it is currently commercial, the Cooper Apartments building, built in 1939 as a residential building, is an example of the low-rise walk-ups in the area and will be discussed as part of “pre-Statehood Hawaii.”

You can add your name to the waiting list by registering at the AIA Honolulu Web site at www.aiahonolulu.org or by calling 808-545-4242.

The group’s regular Saturday architectural walking tours in Downtown Honolulu are still available this month, but it costs $10 a person. Click here to register.

Later this month, go behind-the-scenes on the Fifth Annual Architecture Firm Crawl on Friday, April 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. You’ll see what an architecture studio looks like and find out exactly what an architect does when designing residential and commercial buildings.

The stops include the Center for Architecture, Peter Vincent Architects, Fritz Johnson Architect and Tusher Architectural Group (they have designed several custom homes on Oahu and Big Island) and WATG. Even though it’s free, you’ll need to register for this event. Click here for more details.

Updated April 16, 2013.

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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