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Exclusive Historic Home Open House Event on December 8

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

2017-12-18T17:59:25+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Events - Past|

UPDATE on the Federal Historic Tax Credit

12/20/2017: We're pleased to share that the 20 percent federal historic tax credit (HTC) is included in the tax reform package that has now passed the House and Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk for signature. Keeping the HTC as a permanent part of the tax code is a significant victory for the preservation community—especially considering that the first House version eliminated the credit. This extraordinary success underscores the power of the credit and the broad support it has earned in the preservation community.  Its inclusion in the most expansive overhaul of our nation’s tax code in more than three decades is a reaffirmation that reviving older and historic buildings is sound federal policy and good for the nation. The final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) passed by Congress keeps the historic tax credit at 20 percent but requires that the credit be taken over five years instead of all at once at the time of project completion.  The legislation also repeals the 10 percent rehabilitation tax credit for non-historic buildings. While we were not able to maintain the status quo in all respects, this outcome reflects the widespread support for preserving our historic buildings from stakeholders across the country and bold leadership by several members of Congress who have long championed historic rehabilitation as a way to revitalize our communities. The Federal Historic Tax Credit is Under Threat. Find Out How You Can Help Protect It. WHAT IS IT? The Federal Historic Tax Credit (FHTC) program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. It provides a 20% tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of historic structures and a 10% tax [...]

2017-12-21T10:58:57+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Featured Homepage|

Energy Conservation Measures for Historic Buildings

Glenn Mason, FAIA, president of Mason Architects, Inc.; Joseph Higgin, PE, associate principal/Hawaii operations manager with Allana Buick & Bers; and Ramsey Brown, resource acquisition manager with Hawaii Energy presented a session on energy conservation measures for historic buildings at the 2017 Pacific Building Trade Expo on October 24.  The session covered what makes a historic building unique, shared energy efficiency incentives and programs, and discussed how to appropriately incorporate these to reduce building maintenance and performance costs while maintaining the historic integrity of the property. Click here to access the presentation.

2017-10-25T13:49:41+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events - Past|

November 9 – Presentation on the History of Honolulu’s Historic Parks and Playgrounds

Scenic Hawai‘i invites guests to attend its general membership luncheon that will include a presentation on “Honolulu’s Parks and Playgrounds: A Brief History” by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Executive Director Kiersten Faulkner. The public is invited to the luncheon on Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hale Koa Hotel, Kalia Room in Waikīkī. Tickets are $30 and include lunch. Faulkner’s presentation will focus on the history and significance of the public playground movement of the 1930s, Honolulu’s historic parks and their relevance as community gathering places today. “Ever since King Kamehameha III designated Hawai‘i’s first public park in 1843, parks and playgrounds have played an important role in the social and urban fabrics of Honolulu,” said Faulkner. “Residents and visitors alike continue to gather and enjoy opportunities for recreation, socializing, community building and connecting to nature that comes with parks and open space. The historic urban parks reflect the landscape design, social organizations and cultural expectations of their times. These rich and inspiring places retain their significance and have much to offer us still today.” The event will be of interest to kama‘āina who would like to learn more about the historical treasures in their own backyards and who care about preserving open space in urban environments for community use. Visitors with a propensity toward history, landscape architecture, open space and preservation will also be interested to attend. PRESENTATION (PDF) DOWNLOAD FLIER (PDF)

2017-11-16T14:20:46+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Events - Past|

Kauai Modern available for purchase online in the HHF Gift Store

“Kaua‘i Modern” showcases a small but significant portion of the mid-20th century modern architecture movement on Kaua‘i examining how Hawaii’s post-World War II building boom shaped island communities. Architectural historian Don Hibbard and noted author Pat Griffin provide insight on the architectural features, historical background and social context of Modernist buildings and places around Kaua‘i, beautifully photographed by David Franzen. Funding was provided by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities to promote the richness and value of the humanities—including an understanding of the architectural history and preservation of Hawaii’s past—for the Hawaiian Islands. (Books purchased now will be shipped beginning October 1, 2017.)

2017-10-04T23:58:32+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: Featured Homepage|

Update on the Campaign to Save Lihue Post Office!

USPS ANNOUNCES DECISION TO CLOSE HISTORIC LĪHU‘E POST OFFICE 12/6/2017: The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced its final decision to close the historic post office on Rice Street in Lihue, Kaua‘i, via letter to Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho dated November 29. USPS received over a thousand written comments in opposition to the proposal to “relocate retail services” from the historic facility to the Līhu‘e Carrier Annex on Kapule Highway. Letters in opposition to the move were sent to USPS by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, Līhu‘e Business Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mayor Carvalho, U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz, Governor David Ige, State Senate President Ron Kouchi and other officials. Over 850 postcards and 116 coconut mailers were also sent to oppose the move. Many citizens and residents sent individual letters and signed an online petition to save the historic post office. Despite the overwhelming opposition of the community, USPS stated that “the Postal Service has determined that the relocation is the optimal solution to satisfy the Postal Service’s need to improve operational efficiency, and reduce the financial burdens facing the Postal Service.” At the February 23, 2017 public meeting, the USPS representative claimed that the proposed relocation was not prompted by financial concerns, but rather was in response to the need to address parking and vehicular access issues. In response, the County of Kaua‘i offered to set aside dedicated parking spaces in the Civic Center lot directly across the street from the post office with a cross walk. The County is also implementing transportation and street improvement projects that address pedestrian safety, bicycle access, vehicular safety and parking in the Līhu‘e Town Core. Although USPS claimed that it “considered community input,” the [...]

2017-12-06T09:11:05+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Featured Homepage|Tags: |

September 12: WWII Battlefield Preservation Plan to Be Shared With Public

Scars and remnants of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are still visible on Ford Island. Over the past 75 years, the strafing marks, bomb craters and other reminders of the battle have been carefully documented and preserved, even as the naval station has experienced modifications and changes during World War II and the Cold War, through the current era. As part of the Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark, the Ford Island runway and hardstand areas serve as reminders of the impact of the battle that launched the United States into World War II. The events of that day marked the start of the defining era of the 20th century. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has completed a historic context study and inventory about aspects of the December 7 battle and developed a plan for preserving and sharing the remaining physical elements that tell the story of the battlefield. The public is invited to learn about how the December 7 attack impacted Ford Island, and how historians are using the physical markings and scars to recreate the battle.  A preservation and historic stewardship plan for the area has been drafted for public input before finalizing the submittal to the American Battlefields Protection Program. The presentation and community discussion will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Pearl Harbor Visitors’ Center.  The free event is co-sponsored by Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the National Park Service, with support from Booz Allen and the US Navy. Event Info When: Tuesday, September 12, 4:00 pm Where: Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center Auditorium This event is FREE

2017-09-19T15:05:26+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Events - Past|

How Can I Address Energy Efficiency in My Historic Building? Thinking and Acting with a Sustainable Mindset

By Melanie Islam It’s undeniable that preserving an existing building is one of the most sustainable building actions. Embodied energy is conserved and environmental impacts are limited by building reuse. Yet, nearly 74% of the energy produced in the U.S. is used to operate buildings and 38% of CO2 emissions are byproducts of buildings. Inefficient building operations are a result of many things that can be contributed to a building envelope’s response to the natural elements, specified equipment and its performance, or user behavior. Existing building stock represents a majority of building portfolio and addressing the role historic buildings have in positively reducing the larger impact buildings have towards the environment requires a holistic approach that involves all parties – owner, consultant, and occupants—in the decision-making process. By applying the “SWOT process” to building analysis, all parties have the opportunity to understand why historic buildings are inherently sustainability, while identifying the challenges to meet energy efficiency targets. For example, we know that many historic buildings were originally designed to be passive and low-energy structures. These buildings have tall ceilings with operable windows, beautiful day lit stairwells, good wall-to-window ratios, and facades that respond to the local climate conditions. All of these qualities support key sustainability strategies for day lit and naturally ventilated spaces. But, historic building envelopes are often poor thermal barriers, as the walls, roof, and windows lack the required U-value to accommodate for the temperature difference between indoor and outdoor air caused by the introduction of air conditioning. A solution to this problem could be to insulate the walls or roof and properly seal windows and doors to reduce coolth loss by infiltration. This may not be the exact answer, but the [...]

2017-09-06T17:46:36+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Ask an Expert|

Honolulu Joins the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative

On June 8, 2017, 140 stakeholders from 19 sectors representing 117 organizations participated in the Resilient O‘ahu Workshop at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. The workshops goal: to welcome Honolulu into the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation and begin the collective process of devising a “Resilience Strategy” for Oahu.  The newly established Office of Climate Change, Sustainability & Resiliency, created in 2016 when voters approved City Charter Amendment 7, is taking the lead in this effort which falls squarely within its mission to build partnerships to increase sustainability and address climate change on O‘ahu. 100RC was born out of the need for cities, where much of the world’s population resides, to be resilient enough to survive, adapt and grow regardless of increased acute shocks and chronic stresses. Shocks are defined as sudden, sharp events that threaten a city while stresses weaken the fabric of a city over the long haul. Honolulu workshop participants identified top shocks as infrastructure failure, hurricane and other natural disasters with top stressors being rising sea level, high cost of living/access to housing and overreliance on imports. As O‘ahu moves toward formulating a plan, it is important that cultural resources defined as: archaeological sites (surface and buried); historic buildings and structures; objects; districts; ethnographic sites and cultural landscapes be viewed as valuable assets that need protection under the resiliency strategy. Both shocks and stressors have the potential to adversely affect cultural resources by increasing risk of damage or destruction, limiting access to sites which can lead to a loss of connection to a place, culture and traditions and reduced visitation which impacts local business and economy as visitor interest and spending decrease. Resilience implies adaptability, [...]

2017-09-19T15:58:13+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Trends & Issues|

Support Preservation this September through Foodland’s “Give Aloha” Campaign

Historic Hawaii Foundation will participate in Foodland's Annual Community Matching Gifts Program beginning September 1 What? Give Aloha, Foodland's Annual Community Matching Gifts Program, was created in 1999 to honor Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan, and continue his legacy of giving back to the community.  "Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan (October 1909 – February 28, 1998) was an immigrant from Ireland who moved to Hawaii and was the co-founder, with See Goo Lau, of Foodland Super Markets, the largest and only locally owned supermarket chain in Hawaii.[1][2] The first store opened on May 6, 1948 in Honolulu, Hawaii.[3] By 2007, Foodland stores could be found on each of the four largest Hawaiian Islands and is the flagship of the Sullivan Family of Companies." (Wikipedia)[2][4]    How to Help Make a donation to Historic Hawai‘i Foundation at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms checkout, and Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will make a donation to our organization, too! Make a donation to our organization at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms checkout, and Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will make a donation to our organization, too! 1)  Show your Maika‘i Card and make a donation to our organization (up to $249 per person) at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms checkout from September 1-30, 2017. Historic Hawai‘i Foundation's donation code is 77064. 2)  Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match all donations up to a total of at least $300,000 for all organizations combined. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

2017-10-04T23:48:11+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |