The State Legislature’s Heritage Caucus, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs presented the 10th Annual Historic Preservation Awareness Day on Friday, March 30. The annual event highlights and celebrates the history of Hawai‘i and the state’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage.
“It’s inspiring to visit the exhibits and meet those individuals who are dedicated to protect and preserve historical properties, cultural sites, and sacred places,” said Representative Cindy Evans, chair of the state legislature’s Heritage Caucus. “This day is an opportunity for the public, organizations and individuals active in preservation, and the legislature to come together and celebrate our heritage.”
A special exhibit was used to gather public input to the Hawai‘i Preservation Plan, by asking community members their priorities for historic and cultural resource protection and policies. The “Speak Out” booth solicited input for the State’s policy document that is being developed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources to serve as a five year plan for statewide preservation efforts.
In addition to the Speak Out booth, other organizations also showcased their efforts to celebrate and support various aspects of preservation.
“Historic Preservation Awareness Day is part of the collaborative effort to demonstrate the range of business, education, advocacy and arts organizations engaged in preserving Hawaii’s historic and cultural resources,” said Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation.
“As preservationists, many of us speak often about community character and quality of life benefits that come from preserving Hawaii’s historic, architectural and cultural heritage. But in these times of difficult economic decisions and competing values, that isn’t enough. It is increasingly important to demonstrate that preservation offers measurable economic impacts,” Faulkner said.
“There is a direct link between investing in historic properties and the economic return for both property owners and government. Historic preservation is a powerful economic engine. The exhibitors at Historic Preservation Awareness Day all contribute to these industries in various ways. They not only preserve Hawaii’s heritage, they also contribute to its bottom line. We are pleased to be able to use this opportunity to demonstrate the broad scope and deep value that they provide,” Faulkner added.
The annual event started in 2002 as an activity of the Legislature’s Heritage Caucus, founded by Representatives Corinne Ching and Cindy Evans, as a bi-cameral, bi-partisan group of legislators working to preserve and promote Hawaii’s cultural heritage. Historic Hawai‘i Foundation became a co-sponsor and principal organizer in 2006. The event is also sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
- African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii
- Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail
- Army Cultural Resources Program
- Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
- Bishop Museum Anthropology Department
- Chinatown Improvement District
- Cultural Surveys Hawaii
- Damien and Marianne of Moloka‘i Heritage Center
- Daughters of Hawai‘i
- Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
- Friends of ‘Iolani Palace
- Friends of Queen Theater
- Fung Associates, Inc.
- Hale‘iwa Main Street
- Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association
- Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau
- Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
- Hawaiian Railway Society
- Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
- Historic Liliha Town
- Honolulu Culture and Arts District
- Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
- Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
- Kailua Historical Society
- Kako‘o ‘Oiwi
- Kalaupapa National Historic Park
- Kikiaola Construction Company / Structure Movers Hawaii
- King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center
- Ko‘olau Foundation
- Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club
- Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts LP / Starwood Hotels and Resorts Waikiki
- Malama Manoa
- Manoa Heritage Center
- Marine Corps Base Hawaii
- Mason Architects, Inc.
- Maui Historical Society
- Minatoishi Architects, Inc.
- Mo‘ili‘ili Community Center
- Navy Region Hawaii / NAVFAC Hawai‘i
- Office of Hawaiian Affairs
- Pacific Islands Institute
- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
- Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
- SMS Research & Marketing Services / State Historic Preservation Plan Community Input
- Society for Hawaiian Archaeology
- State Historic Preservation Division, Department of Land and Natural Resources
- State Parks Division, Department of Land and Natural Resources
- UH Manoa Historic Preservation Program
- United Chinese Society of Hawaii
- WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument