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Hawaii State Tea Room Gallery, in alphabetical order by name of city or town.

Honolulu

The Waioli Tea Room in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, Hawaii, postcard front. This tea room was built in 1922 by the Salvation Army. According to the book "Come Back to Wai'oli : A Brief History of The Salvation Army Wai'oli Tea Room, Manoa Valley, Honolulu Hawaii" by Bette McAbee-Vincent Stillwell (1999), "The Tea Room served as an adjunct vocational training center for young women in residence at the adjoining Children's Home which was established by The Salvation Army in 1909. The [home served a] population of boys and girls who were "given" to the Salvation Army for custody when parents could not care for them or they were abandoned. For many, it was the only "home" they knew throughout their childhood." This is the Kauai Room, in which wall murals depict scenes of Kauai. Photo by R. Wenkam.
The Waioli Tea Room in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, Hawaii, postcard back.
The Waioli Tea Room in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, Hawaii, postcard front. This card depicts a green paint scheme on the walls of the Waioli Tea Room, and through the window one can glimpse the roof of a leaf-thatched structure. The young women raised in the Salvation Army orphanage staffed and served at the Waioli Tea Room, learning career and business skills so that when they aged out of the program, they could find jobs in the Hawaiian economy. I am unsure which is the earlier of the two images. During the1970s, due to changing social mores regarding adoption and group homes, the orphanage closed and the Waioli Tea Room was leased by the Salvation Army to private operators. In the 2000s it closed for a few years, was remodeled and modernized, and re-opened as the Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop, teaching life skills to women who were recovering from drug and alcohol abuse or who had been released from correctional facilities and needed transition employment before rejoining the broader Hawaiian work force. Photo by Irving Rosen.
The Waioli Tea Room in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, Hawaii, postcard back. This back goes with decor in which the walls are green.

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