Lahaina, Hawaii – August 22, 2023
In fire-ravaged Lahaina, a century-old house stands resilient amidst destruction. Along Front Street, it remains nearly untouched, red roof and green porch intact.
Records confirm the house at 271 Front Street is 81 years old and occupies over 11,000 square feet. It’s nominated as a historic site due to its connection to Pioneer Mill Company/Lahaina Ice Company Bookeeper’s House. Built-in 1925, it’s tied to significant Hawaiian history.
The house, home to key figures in Pioneer Mill and Lahaina Ice’s development, retained historical importance. Frank A. Alameda, a resident, lent his name to the Hawai’i National Guard Armory in Wailuku.
Despite age, the house’s value exceeds $3.5 million. It withstood Lahaina’s recent fire, astonishing its owner, Trip Millikin.
Renovations by the Millikins, who bought it in May 2021, enhanced its resilience. The use of California redwood, a fire-resistant wood, played a role. A steel roof and river stones further safeguarded it.
Experts stress fire-resistant roofs, vegetation management, and non-flammable surroundings to prevent widespread fire.
Trip Millikin, initially shocked, received an image of his house amidst ashes. It’s become a “miracle house” on social media, symbolizing hope in tragedy.
The Millikins use it as a call for unity: “Let’s rebuild this together,” Trip Millikin urges. “This house will become a base for all of us. Let’s use it.”