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Monday, November 22, 1999


By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Rubble remains at the old Boy Scout's site.

Lot cleared for
Scouts new home

Whoops, there goes another well-known local building. The offices of Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, nestled beside Puiwa Road in Nuuanu, bit the dust this last week. Tens of thousands of Boy Scouts were familiar with the charming structure, originally the Russell House, built in 1918.

The Scouts took it over in the early '60s. But 80 years of Nuuanu dampness, dry rot and termites finally did it in, explained Al Sakai, Boy Scout Director of Support Services.

"We even had to evacuate half of the second floor a couple of years ago when it began to give way," said Sakai.

Star-Bulletin file photo
The new building will be similar to the old, shown here.

The Scouts contracted with local architects BJSS Group to design a new building that would have the same flavor as the old. "It's very important to blend into the neighborhood," said Sakai. So the new two-story headquarters will be made of wood, and will have essentially the same footprint as the previous building. One change will be the addition of a conference and meeting room on the grounds.

Sakai figures the new building will be ready by next summer. In the meantime, the Boy Scouts are operating out of the Watanabe Building at Young and McCully.

Burl Burlingame

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