The beginning of the original Dole Street was just below the Punahou School campus and was part of an 1880 small subdivision of lots the school developed to raise money for the school’s endowment. It was named for Rev Daniel Dole, Punahou’s first teacher/administrator. Streets within the subdivision were named for prior leaders of the school: Dole, Beckwith, Alexander and Bingham. Apparently, some at the University of Hawaiʻi are trying “to restore Dole Street to its Hawaiian name” – suggesting Dole Street was originally named Kapaʻakea Street. (HNN)
This is not true. The history is clear, Dole Street was formed in 1880 by Punahou School and was named for Rev. Daniel Dole, not his son, Sanford. Suggestions that the ‘original’ name of Dole Street was Kapaʻakea Street are simply wrong and not consistent with the clear history of the road and its subsequent extensions. The image is a portion of an 1892 map of the area. It notes Dole Street and the Punahou Lots subdivision (on the left); note that there are no roads on the right, and definitely nothing labeled Kapaʻakea, other than the wetland. Check out the full story and multiple maps that show the same – Dole Street, but no Kapaʻakea Street.