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All Hands on Deck!

September 20, 2021 | Preservation Projects

All Hands on Deck! 

One of the signature design elements of the Liljestrand House is its elegant, triangular, wrap-around deck that was an integral part of Vladimir Ossipoff’s original design for the house, completed in 1952. Over the ensuing 69 years thousands of visitors to the house have stood on this deck, enjoying the panoramic views of Diamond Head, Honolulu, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

More recently, the weather and a deteriorating gutter system have made preservation of the deck an urgent priority.  Extensive gutter repairs, completed in 2020, resolved the dripping and pooling water that has slowly degraded significant parts of the decking to the point where it will soon be unsafe to stand on. To ensure the safety of our guests, our final task is to replace all the wood planks and certain sections of the steel support structure.

John Ike and Ike Kligerman Barkley, a New York and California based architecture firm and longtime supporters of Liljestrand Foundation’s preservation projects, have made a very generous lead gift of $7,500 to help restore the deck. We are now asking for your help to raise the remaining $45,000 by December 31 of this year so that we can complete these critical repairs which will allow guests to once again make full use of the deck and enjoy those scenic vistas we’ve come to appreciate and expect.

Donors who contribute $500 or more will receive a special gift and be invited to a private “All Hands on Deck” ribbon cutting ceremony and party, once the renovations are completed. 

Donations to support our deck project can be made here


Liljestrand Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. Bob Liljestrand, president and founder of the Foundation, along with his brother Eric, sold their respective homes to pay the estate taxes for the Liljestrand House, which they then gifted to Liljestrand Foundation.

We do not have an endowment. While we are supported in part by the estate of Eric Liljestrand, the majority of our operating funds come from programs, tours, memberships and donations.


Gallery photo details: rusting steel support, rotting planks, weather and water damage. 

That’s the most beautiful and well-preserved house I’ve ever been to. Thank you so much!

— Igor and Kate Gots, St. Petersburg, Russia

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The Liljestrand House is listed on the Hawai‘i State and the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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