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Leading preservation architect takes us on a historical tour of Chinatown

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Noe Tanigawa
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HPR

Glenn Mason is the principal at Mason Architects in Honolulu. They've got offices on Merchant Street and specialize in historic preservation.

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Noe Tanigawa
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HPR
Local architect Glenn Mason outside Murphy's Bar and Grill.

Mason is also an American Institute of Architects Fellow and has worked on many of Hawaiʻi's most important historic sites such as ʻIolani Palace and Kawaiahaʻo Church. He agreed to take us on a tour of Chinatown to open our eyes to some of its charms.

This interview aired on The Aloha Friday Conversation on Jan. 28, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Noe Tanigawa covered art, culture and ideas for two decades at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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