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Rediscovering Hawaii’s Modern Gems

April 16, 2024 | Other Programs

Special Fundraising Event

Friday, May 10, 2024
4:00 – 7:00pm
An Evening with Graham Hart:
Rediscovering Hawai`i’s Modern Gems
Join us for an evening of presentation and conversation with Graham Hart AIA. Followed by a sunset pau hana, beverages and pupus on the kitchen terrace and deck.
Graham Hart reflects on how one fateful visit to the Liljestrand House shaped his design philosophy, career and trajectory as an architect. This program follows his journey of documenting Hawai`i’s hidden and renowned mid-century homes, and his goal for preservation and restoration as he connects with them. 
All proceeds to support Liljestrand Foundation’s latest preservation project: New upholstery for the Playroom hikie`e, cushion foam and throw pillows. 

The time has come to replace the original 1950s upholstery on the hikie`e (large built-in lounge couch) in the downstairs playroom! We also plan to replace all of the hikie`e throw pillows along with the throw pillows in the upstairs living room and the cushion foam on the pair of Shield chairs in the living room. All proceeds from this special program will support the project.

  • $200 per ticket.
  • Tax-deductible portion is $155 per ticket.
  • Limited seating. Only 30 tickets available!
  • Valet parking.  
  • Each attendee will receive a set of vintage Liljestrand postcards and a copy of Screen Blocks in Hawai`i: Letting the Trade Winds Flow.

All attendees will be entered to win a drawing for special prizes*:

  • 2-night stay oceanview room at Kaimana Beach Hotel
  • Private tour of the Ossipoff Cabin for up to 5 guests by Graham Hart
  • Private tour of the Allen Johnson House by Graham Hart
  • Private sunset tour of Liljestrand House for up to 10 guests
  • Two tickets to a monthly tour of the Charlot House. Includes brunch.
  • One annual subscription to FLUX Hawaii publication.

*Drawing winners must be present in order to receive prizes. Drawing will take place immediately following the presentation, prior to the pau hana.


Graham Hart is an O`ahu architect, co-founder of Kokomo Studio, and lecturer at the University of Hawai`i School of Architecture. Graham’s professional and academic research work focuses on mid-century architecture in the tropics, where he has documented forgotten modern gems and led restoration and education efforts for buildings of this period. Graham’s research has led to a newfound appreciation for and celebration of many of the architects working in Hawai`i in the mid-twentieth century. Graham has served as president of Docomomo US Hawai`i Chapter and currently serves on the Hawai`i Historic Places Review Board and as an Advisory Board member of Liljestrand Foundation.

Was it a movie? Was it a dream? It’s just an amazing story of people who are inspired and curious and demanding and creative and sooo… unique. Thank you very much for your preservation.

— Guest Book Entry

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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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