March 15, 2010|Cynthia Saylor|Big Island: History and Culture, CRC Listings: Residential, Historic Hawaii Homes
Kama'aina homes were built in the early to mid-1900s, during the reign of King Sugar, Hawaii's sugarcane industry. The hierarchy of the plantation system is reflected in their sizes. Field laborers lived in small "camp houses," while plantation managers enjoyed much larger and more elaborate residences. In between are homes originally built for skilled workers and overseers.