Monday, February 1, 2016


Moana Street Faculty Housing 1965-2000

Here is the paper Liz and I wrote, for your enjoyment, hopefully. If you read it and feel misquoted or misunderstood, please let me know what corrections to make. You may also just make general suggestions on content, organization, etc.

I am not an academic and broke some of the academic rules in this paper. You may tell me about them, if you must wink emoticon.
And there is some formatting weirdness because I posted it this way.
Here goes!

“Because I Grew Up on Moana Street.”

by Anne Chase Workman and Elisabeth Chase Maycock

Moana Street, otherwise known as Faculty Row or Haole Street, was not a street at all when construction began on the first Faculty Houses. According to President Sione Feinga, a labor missionary who worked on the construction of those homes and who is also a retired BYUH Physical Plant Director, that entire area from Kulanui to Kamehameha Hwy. was agricultural land, mostly sugar cane, before the construction began. There was no Laie Stake Center crowning the street. There was no street! The road itself was cut out after the homes were constructed, and the stake center after that. According to President Feinga, the idea for this faculty housing emerged from the realization that after building the dormitories, the Church had enough wood to form, frame and roof approximately 16 houses. So the labor missionaries went from building dorms to building homes.
And what homes they were! They were the first cinderblock homes in a community of wooden homes. They had large rooms, concrete driveways, attached garages and people came from all over the island to see this impressive new housing development after they were built in 1961-62. The last five or six faculty houses on the street were built by contractor Joe Wilson, who paid his employees, including former labor missionary Sione Feinga, who had built the first 16 homes for free!

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