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Leonard Tokura’s House in “Samurai”

The Henry J. Kaiser Estate in the Portlock neighborhood of Honolulu represents the epitome of both privacy and mid-century modern architecture. It is located across the Kalaniana’ole Highway (Highway 72) from the Hawaii Kai neighborhood and behind Hanauma Bay.

The Estate is hidden behind a fence, and its privacy is carefully guarded. Thus, when two scholars of Hawaiian architectural history wanted to discuss the qualities of design and construction, they turned to one readily available source: “Samurai” on Hawaii Five-0 (Season 1, Episode 4). In that episode, Leonard Tokura (Ricardo Montalban) is a crime lord who lives in that splendid house. McGarrett & Co. call on him several times. With each visit, we are able to see more of the strikingly beautiful, mid-century modern house.

Go back and re-watch “Samurai” to get the full picture of the house in question (it is available on Paramount+). Then, watch these videos on YouTube:

* Renovating the steps to the Kaiser Estate.

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