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Hawaii buildings nominated to national historic register

August 6, 2019

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaii buildings have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, a report said.

The National Park Service is considering adding the Matsujiro Fujino and Honokaa Garage, West Hawaii Today reported Monday.

Both buildings are located on the main street of Honokaa on the Big Island.

The park service is seeking public comment on the historical significance of the buildings by Aug. 14, officials said.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of U.S. historic buildings, districts, sites, structures, and objects rated worthy of preservation. The register was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

The Matsujiro Fujino building was the site of the M. Fujino Store, a commercial enterprise and family residence constructed in 1925.

“It is representative of the development of small ‘Mom and Pop’ businesses and specialty services outside the plantation hegemony. The community benefited from these independent businesses, their policy of ‘all comers welcomed,’ and the resulting social integration,” said a nomination form filed by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The Honokaa Garage dates to 1912-14 as the M.S. Botelho Garage and served for decades as a garage and gas station. It has also been known as Kuramitsu Garage and Paiva Garage and is now Honokaa Marketplace.

“The Honokaa Garage is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad development patterns of Honokaa and Hawaiian history in the area of commerce,” said the site’s nomination form.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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