HHF Planners Wendie McAllaster, ASLA, is a registered landscape architect and land use/environmental planner with over 30 years of experience in Hawai‘i. As a Principal with HHF Planners, she specializes in historic preservation planning and landscape architecture, with an emphasis on cultural landscapes. Wendie was the project manager and primary author for the award-winning Pearl Harbor Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan, for seven Cultural Landscape Assessments for historic neighborhoods at Pearl Harbor, and the Rural Historic Landscape Assessment for the Robinson Family Homestead on Kaua‘i. She contributed to Cultural Landscape Reports for all Navy installations in Hawai‘i. Wendie received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and Graduate Certificates in Historic Preservation and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawai‘i. Active in the community, Wendie is a past-president of the Junior League of Honolulu and has served on the local boards of ASLA and APA. Wendie serves on the Programs, Fundraising and Nominating Committees. She is nominated to a first term on the board after a short hiatus following previous terms.
DTL Hawai‘i Lehua Ka‘uhane currently serves as the VP of Planning at DTL, Hawai‘i – a Hawaiian strategies firm she joined at its inception in 2015. With a background in Hawaiian studies, law, and urban planning, Lehua is responsible for overseeing the community engagement and planning efforts at DTL and is recognized for her thoughtful and culturally sensitive approach. Prior to joining DTL, she served as a Post-J.D. Fellow at Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, where she explored the tensions and opportunities of energy development in indigenous communities. Lehua has a Juris Doctorate degree and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa. She is a member of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association and serves as a board member of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Executive Committee and the Native Hawaiian Bar Association. Lehua was raised in Waimea on Hawaiʻi Island and currently lives in Nuʻuanu.
Griffin Noyes Associates Pat Griffin is an historian, planner and preservationist. She is the past Chair of the Kaua‘i Historic Preservation Review Commission, and has assisted the County of Kaua‘i with numerous preservation projects. She has direct, hands-on experience with researching and writing nominations for historic properties to be listed on the Hawai‘i Register of Historic Places, successfully nominating the ‘Ōpaeka‘a and Pu‘uopae Bridges. She was appointed to the Hawai‘i Historic Places Review Board in 2016. As President of the Līhu‘e Business Association, Ms. Griffin works with community members, businesses and government officials on land use, urban design, transportation and economic development policies and plans, and ensures that the identification and preservation of historically and culturally significant properties are included at all levels of planning. She is the award-winning author of Līhu‘e: Root and Branch of a Hawai‘i Town (University of Hawai‘i Press), as well as Wilcox Memorial Hospital in the Twentieth Century, a contributor to Pōhaku: The Art & Architecture of Stonework in Hawai‘i, and The Folklore of American Holidays.
MidPacific Assets Advisors, LLC Will Crowley is a Director of MidPacific Assets Advisors, LLC, a real estate investment advisory firm. He is responsible for investment strategy, acquisitions, dispositions and financing for his clients’ real estate holdings. He previously worked as a senior consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Honolulu, where he performed real estate, business valuation and strategic advisory services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College and a MBA with a certificate in Real Estate from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Other community service includes the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.
‘Awa Kele LLC Gregory C. Chun is president of ‘Awa Kele LLC, a consulting firm specializing in community engagement, sustainable land/resource/economic development, and organizational improvement. He is also an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where his work focuses on training and applied research in community-engagement processes, particularly as it relates to bridging complex scientific research, land development, resource management and policy with culture and community. He is a member of the Hui ‘Āina Momona cluster, a group of faculty responsible for developing cross-disciplinary scholarship. He is working on projects in the areas of water resources, historic preservation and land use policy. Previously, he served as President and General Manager of Keauhou Resort. He has also served as Executive Vice President of Parker Ranch, Inc. Prior to that he founded ‘Iulu Consulting Group, specializing in organizational development, and also served as director of organizational development for Hawaiian Electric Company. Dr. Chun’s community service includes the Board of Directors of Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s West Hawai‘i Fund, Neighborhood Place of Kona, Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Hāmākua Health Center and the Kalihi Pālama Health Center. Born and raised on O‘ahu, Greg is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (BA), and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (MA and Ph.D.) with his formal training being in Clinical Psychology.
University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu Maenette Benham is chancellor of UH West O‘ahu. Previously, she was the inaugural dean of the Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Administration from UH-Mānoa. She is also a graduate of San Francisco State University (MA and BA degrees) and Kamehameha Schools. Dr. Benham has been dedicated to community service working extensively with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on youth, education and community collective leadership initiatives. She serves on community boards that include the Mānoa Heritage Center and Kualiʻi Foundation, The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation, the Queen’s Health Systems and Queen’s Medical Center, the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital and the Kohala Center. She has served on Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s Kama‘āina of the Year Committee since 2015, including a year as co-chair.
Honolulu Council Bill CB52 (2017) Proposes Increase to Minimum Annual Property Tax on Historic Homes 7/7/2017: Honolulu City Council has scheduled a public hearing on CB52 CD1 (2017) proposing to raise the annual minimum property tax for historic residences dedicated to preservation to $1000 per year. The minimum property tax for other exemption categories would remain at the current level of $300 annually. The Council hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 12 in Council Chambers at Honolulu Hale. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., with the public hearings scheduled after other matters. The agenda is available in the sidebar to the right. Under the current tax incentive program for preserving historic homes, property owners may receive a tax exemption for the portion of the property dedicated for historic preservation, subject to conditions that include the property being listed on the Hawai‘i register of historic places, retaining the historic character, providing visual access from the public way and installing a plaque about the historic significance (ROH Sec 8-10.22). The City provides at least 24 categories for property tax exemptions to encourage and support a variety of public benefits, including historic preservation, child care centers, credit unions, slaughterhouses, industrial development, air pollution control, crop shelters, alternative energy development, public service, agriculture, kuleana lands, charitable purposes, low-income rental housing and others. If CB 52 CD1 (2017) is approved, historic residential properties and credit unions would be subject to the higher annual minimum tax rate; other exemptions that qualify under their programs would pay the lower rate. Written testimony should be submitted 24 hours in advance, by Tuesday, July 11. It may be transmitted via internet at http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html for distribution at the meeting or faxed [...]
The Board of Trustees invites current Historic Hawai‘i Foundation members to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., at Nā Kūpuna Makamae in the historic Kaka‘ako Pumping Station, 653 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96813. The annual meeting is the time for the members to gather to hear the report of activities and finances from the prior year, to elect members of the board of trustees and president. At this year’s annual gathering, we will also hold a Talk Story session about the priorities for programs and activities for the next five years.
This hidden gem nestled in Manoa is a 3.5-acre living classroom that promotes the understanding of Hawaiʻi's natural and cultural heritage. Tours are offered for adults and school children by reservation only. As described on the Center's website, tours include a pleasant 1-hour outdoor guided walk through a garden of Native Hawaiian and Polynesian introduced plants; broad views of the Mānoa Valley; a close look at Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau, (an ancient Hawaiian sacred stone structure) as well as the history of Kūaliʻi, the private home of Sam and Mary Cooke, which will one day be open to the public as a museum. Kokiʻo keʻokeʻo in the Native Hawaiian Garden. Photo credit: Mānoa Heritage Center. Kūka‘ō‘ō Heiau. Photo credit: Mānoa Heritage Center Just 10-minutes from busy downtown Honolulu, this wahi pana immediately engages everyone as they enter from Mānoa Road and see before them Kūaliʻi, a well preserved 106-year old tudor-style house. A peaceful walk with trained volunteer docents through a Native Hawaiian garden and spectacular valley views beyond ancient Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau provide an interactive experience for those interested in Mānoa’s transition over time, conservation of rare native plants, legends from the past and important cultural practices passed down through kūpuna. Inspired by Sam and Mary Cooke who founded Mānoa Heritage Center over 21 years ago, stewardship of this special place continues for generations to come. Click here to learn more about Mānoa Heritage Center and to make a reservation for a tour.
Project Spotlight: The Honolulu Hale Through the Times exhibit was unveiled in June 2017 and will be displayed in the 3rd floor gallery of Honolulu Hale until the end of June 2017 in celebration of the building and the people who have contributed to its evolution over the years. The Exhibit is a glimpse into the past that provokes thought for future planning and inspires visitors to take a personal interest in the building – to care for the future of this important landmark of Honolulu. What is it? A series of panels containing general history of Honolulu Hale, historic photos and personal feedback from Mayor Caldwell and City Councilmembers Starting with the history of how the original Honolulu Hale came to be in Hawaii, the first few panels describe the history of the need, design and execution of the building. The panels then move to discuss certain highlights in Honolulu Hale’s evolution including changes and alterations that have been made over the years. This is followed by detailed information regarding the most distinct features of the space and the stories behind each element. The exhibit ends with personal feedback from Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Councilmembers offering opinions and suggestions for the continued preservation and improvement of one of Honolulu’s most important structures. A unique feature of the exhibit is the final board where visitors to the exhibit are asked to share personal memories and thoughts for the future of Honolulu Hale. How was it created? Minatoishi Architects designed this exhibit with the help of the City & County of Honolulu and the State Historic Preservation Division. Combined research between Minatoishi Architects, MOCA and the State Historic Preservation Division was gathered and combined to generate [...]