Underwater Cultural Heritage subject of Public Talk at Waikīkī Aquarium Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, in partnership with Waikīkī Aquarium, will share a first of its kind study about submerged cultural resources in the Hawaiian Islands. The talk will be presented by Dr. Hans K. Van Tilburg, Maritime Heritage Coordinator of NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, who recently completed, The Unseen Landscape: Inventory and Assessment of Submerged Cultural Resources in Hawai’i, highlighting shipwrecks and submerged aircraft sites in Hawai’i. Dr. Tilburg will share a lay overview of this exciting study and answer such questions as: What are the resources? How do they connect to our history? What threats do they face? What risks do they pose for ocean health? and How do we share their stories in a larger, place-based context? WHAT: Public presentation about underwater cultural resources in Hawai’i DATE: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 TIME: 3:30 to 4:30 PM PLACE: Waikīkī Aquarium classroom, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 Free & open to the public. Registration required. Seating is limited! It’s the first comprehensive assessment of Hawai‘i’s underwater cultural heritage and many agencies and partners contributed to this important 3-year project including Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory [HURL], the University of Hawaii Marine Option Program [UH MOP], BOEM’s Pacific OCS regional office, Honua Consulting Inc., NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration, and the NOAA Diving Program.
Community Forum Celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage in the Hawaiian Islands
Identifying Underrepresented Stories & Related Cultural Sites is Goal of Forum A unique community forum to explore heritage sites, their under-told stories and perspectives on cultural identity and place will be held in Honolulu January 26-27, 2018. The two-day meeting will focus on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) heritage in the Hawaiian Islands. More Information FORUM WEBSITE Register Online REGISTER Download Flier DOWNLOAD (PDF) “Identity and Place: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage in the Hawaiian Islands” is designed to gather perspectives and plans for identifying, preserving and sharing sites that are significant to the heritage of AANHPI communities in the Hawaiian Islands.
Announcing the 31st Annual Free Lunchtime Lecture Series featuring "Experts at the Cathedral" Winter 2018, February 1-March 8 The tradition continues! This year's theme is “Hawaiian Battles” The free weekly lunchtime lectures will be held on Thursdays from February 1– March 8, from 12-1 p.m. at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Von Holt Room, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu This year's schedule: February 1: Jerry Walker, Community expert, scholar and practitioner, “Key Elements of the Battle of Nu‘uanu” February 8: Gordon Umi Kai, Pā Ku‘i a Lua, “Na Mea Kaua: Weapons and Battle Formations” February 15: Monika Frazier, Aloha Kuamo'o '‘Āina, “Wahi Pana as Ike Waihona: When the land holds memory” February 22: Professor William Chapman and Noelle Kahanu, University of Hawai‘i Graduate Certificate Program Historic Preservation, “Preserving America’s Battlefields: Memorials or Interpretive sites?” March 1: Sam ‘Ohu Gon III, Nā Papa Kanaka o Puʻukoholā, “Lelekaʻanae: Commemorating the Battle of Nuʻuanu with Community for 20 years” March 8: Kim Birnie, Daughters of Hawai‘i, “A History of Remembrance: Commemorating the battle and healing the wounds of Nu‘uanu” The annual series is sponsored by the Historic Preservation Program, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace; and Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. Stop by on your lunch hour and feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Click here for a map of the venue location. PARKING: Metered parking is available near Iolani Palace. Parking is also available at the Alii Place Parking Garage located at 1099 Alakea Street near the Hotel Street intersection ($3 for 2 hours) and in the St. Andrew's public parking lot ($12 for 2 hours). Open to all. Reservations [...]
Church of the Crossroads was the recipient of a Freeman Grant in 2014 catalyzing a three phase campus-wide roofing project which was recently completed. The Church: Church of the Crossroads was founded in 1923 by students of the Mid-Pacific Institute and of McKinley High School as Hawaii's first interracial congregation. From inception, the church has emphasized community interaction, been multi-racial and attempted to eliminate distinctions between members and non-members.* It's listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and is significant for its association with the twentieth century social history of Honolulu and as an example of the work of Claude Stiehl, master architect. Click here to learn more. The Project: The grant was used to re-roof the sloping roofs of three historic buildings and the covered walkway, or loggia, that links them together around the main courtyard of the Church of the Crossroads campus. The existing cedar shingle roofing needed to be replaced, and the cost of replacing it with the same historically-appropriate material too high for the church to do by itself. The work was done by a well-qualified and conscientious contractor using the proper specifications, both for the materials and their installation, for long-life expectancy for the new roof. The Goal: To protect the structural and historic integrity of an architecturally and socially significant set of buildings and do so in keeping with the visual appearance of the historic cedar shingle roof as viewed from the ground inside and outside the property. The roof needed to be repairable, resistant to too much heat gain and strong enough to resist being swept away by wind. *Noted from National Register of Historic Places nomination form. The initial grant inspired the congregation [...]
WAIKĪKĪ WAR MEMORIAL NATATORIUM ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT TO BE READY SUMMER 2018 Four Alternatives Will Be Evaluated in EIS 12/11/2017: The City and County of Honolulu provided an update on the status of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that it is preparing to evaluate alternatives for the future of the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium. The purpose of the EIS is to recommend projects to renew the memorial and re-establish full public access to this area of Kapi‘olani Park. Following that draft EIS, public hearings are anticipated for fall 2018 with the publication of the final EIS scheduled in spring 2019. The Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium opened in 1927 as a “living memorial” to those who served in World War I from Hawai‘i. The structure is significant for its long history as a swimming venue and its association with legendary watermen Duke Kahanamoku, Buster Crabbe and Jonny Weismuller. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for both its historic and architectural significance. It has been closed since 1979. “We’ve been making steady progress with the EIS and the process is working,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Through this process, and the consultations it requires, we’ve developed four alternatives to address the long neglected memorial. An additional alternative has recently been added, which looks promising. We’re labeling it Alternative 2 and it consists of a flow through perimeter deck where the original, crumbling deck is now.” Historic Hawai‘i Foundation submitted written comments during the pre-EIS scoping period that said the original range of alternatives was too narrow and did not include an option for rehabilitation of the historic structure. The new alternative 2, called the “Perimeter Deck” option helps meet the need for a fuller range [...]
Nominations are due Friday, February 2, 2018. Are you or is an organization or individual you know working on a fabulous preservation project? If so, now is the time to spotlight their (or your) work and share it with the community. There are several categories of awards with past honorees ranging from a historic blog, interpretive signage, preservation plans, brick and mortar preservation of homes, military and commercial buildings to commendations for individuals’ contributions to advocacy and education efforts to save historic places.
Thanks to the support of people like you, hundreds of historic property owners and stewards receive preservation assistance annually from Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. Your contribution to Historic Hawai‘i Foundation helps save places throughout our island communities for public benefit.
Thanks for all you do to help preserve Hawai‘i’s historic places! Here's some highlights from 2017 that you helped make possible. January 26: (left to right) Iolani Palace Docent Educator, Zita Cup Choy; Iolani Palace Curator, Teresa Valencia & Dr. William Chapman, Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, at the first of five Experts at the Cathedral lectures. February 21: Līhu‘e residents showing the postcards they signed in support of saving the Līhu‘e Post Office from closure and relocation. April 1: Our first-ever Mission Houses Saturday Sketch event paired art and heritage. May 19: Architectural historian Don Hibbard accepting the Frank Haines Award. Mr. Haines unexpectedly passed away this year. A memorial service is scheduled for December 27th at the Star of the Sea Church. July 1: Learning about the history and culture of Waimea Valley at our Volunteer Mahalo event. July 12: Welcoming our 2017-2018 Board of Trustees at the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Annual Meeting. August 4: Community members working on a preservation case study at our Tools for Saving Places seminar on Maui. The seminars, a collaboration with National Park Service, were held between August 2 and August 11 on Kaua‘i, Maui, Hawai‘i Island (Hilo and Kona) and O‘ahu. August 17: Sean McNamara sharing Native Hawaiian History of Leahi Crater at our Diamond Head Unseen Walking Tour, a collaboration with Hawai‘i State Parks (photo credit: Denby Fawcett).
Repost Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Legislation to Honor Nation’s World War I Memorials November 9, 2017 Press Release Washington, DC—Ahead of the 100th Anniversary of World War I next year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation to rehabilitate World War I memorials in Hawai‘i and across the country. H.R. 4328, the Honoring World War I Memorial Act of 2017 would authorize $50 million awarded through VA grants to eligible entities for the rehabilitation of World War I memorials throughout the United States. Eligible entities include non-profit organizations or state or local governments with direct jurisdiction over the rehabilitation of a World War I memorial. Hawai‘i is home to one eligible World War I memorial at Waikiki Natatorium, along with 47 other states. In recognition of Veterans Day, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will deliver the keynote address during the Veterans' Day Ceremony in commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the end of World War I at the Waikiki Natatorium this Saturday, November 11. “More than four million brave men and women, including 10,000 soldiers from the territory of Hawai‘i, bravely served our country during World War I,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Nearly a century later, many of the memorials, like the WWI Waikiki Natatorium in Hawai‘i, are deteriorating, decaying, and crumbling due to decades of neglect, and many have been closed to the public for decades. The heroes of World War I fought bravely and sacrificed greatly for our country and deserve places of rest and reflection that honor their service. Passing the Honoring World War I Memorials Act of 2017 to restore our country’s World War I memorials would provide a small measure of our nation’s gratitude to those who served and sacrificed.” “Part [...]
It was an amazing evening! Click here for a short slide show of the event by HHF volunteer, photographer Kristian Gallagher. Exclusive Historic Home Open House at the Bayer Estate (aka Steve McGarrett's Hawaii Five-0 House) LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!! Dress for the season and join us for this unique evening event at the historic Bayer Estate, the site of Steve McGarrett’s home on the hit TV series, Hawai‘i Five-0. Enjoy a stunning sunset oceanside at this charming 1936 Craftsman-style home decorated for the holidays. The evening will include docent tours of the home and an informative presentation from Hawai‘i State Film commissioner and HHF board member, Donne Dawson, followed by a talk story with the homeowners. Pūpū and drinks will be served. Mystery wine and mystery boxes, great for holiday gift giving, will be available for purchase. DATE: Friday, December 8, 2017 TIME: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EVENT DESCRIPTION: Docent tours of the house, presentation by Hawaii State Film Commissioner, talk story with the homeowners, time to socialize with old and new friends. TICKETS: $50 Historic Hawaii Foundation Member; $65 General Not yet a member? Click here to join. Parking: Valet parking at the estate. Limited to 70 people. Download Flier (PDF) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER