For Preservation Month, we tapped into our diverse local community to find out more about the historic places they love and why they care about preserving them. We'll be adding new content at the top of the page weekly throughout May. The Kalahuipuaa Fish Ponds (shown above) are located at the Mauna Lani Resort on Hawaii Island and date back to 250 BC based on bottom samples. They are one of our favorite historic places and emit a tangible reminder of a Hawaii before Western contact when a simpler way of life, one which understood and integrated the Islands' natural ecosystems into everyday existence, was prevalent. The fish ponds now serve as a powerful tool for sharing cultural education with the modern world. Our Favorite Historic Places and Why We Care Pu`uwa`awa`a, North Kona, Hawai‘i Island Located in the northern end of Kona is my most favorite place in Hawai‘i, Pu`uwa`awa`a, because of its history and its future. A land that represents a lifestyle that tested ones logic and self-sustainability. A land that taught one to partner common sense and perseverance whether traveling its upland forests or its fishponds of Kiholo. In this vast dry land Kekaha, it matters to preserve its storied past for conservation of its future. Laurette "Pixie" Gail Navas has been a vital part of the KHS family since 1998, contributing her expertise to the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and the Jean Greenwell Research Collection as a member of the society’s archive team. Her decades of experience and personal connection to Kona as the daughter of a ranching family ensures the historical information contained within the archives and reflected in KHS’ programs is as authentic as possible. "Pixie" [...]
Please join us in celebrating achievements in preservation and the people who made them possible. The event will be held on Friday, May 19th at the YWCA Laniakea Fuller Hall and Courtyard. The event will include a presentation of the awards and reception to follow with heavy pūpū in the outdoor courtyard.
4/27/17: Update on the Campaign to Save Lihue Post Office What Happened On April 27, 2017, the United States Postal Service issued an announcement that it has decided to redo the regulatory process related to the proposal to relocate the retail operations of Lihue Post Office from its current location on Rice Street to its Lihue Carrier Annex facility at 3230 Kapule Highway. In a letter also dated April 27 addressed to Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr., Tom A. Samra, V.P., Facilities, for the United States Postal Service, noted, "I reviewed the concerns you and others in the Lihue community have expressed, and I determined that the Postal Service should redo the regulatory process to better inform elected officials and the community of the Postal Service's need for relocation and to better explain the proposal to meet that need." What This Means This means the entire process will begin anew. There will be a new comment period and/or another community meeting according to the announcement. Essentially, we will need your heroic efforts to make your voice heard in favor of keeping Līhu‘e Post Office open, once again. We’ll keep you “posted” and let you know when you need to act. What You Can Do Sign up for our E-news and/or email email@example.com to join our Advocacy Alert lists to stay informed. Mahalo for your tremendous efforts and enthusiasm thus far! Līhu‘e Post Office Under Threat of Closure - See Update Below on How You Can Help HHF joined the County of Kaua‘i, Lihu‘e Business Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation and hundreds of local residents and business owners in opposing the move and “disposal” of the post office. The preservation campaign included getting the word out about the [...]
The National Trust for Historic Preservation contributes concept proposal in efforts to rehabilitate a one-of-a-kind war memorial to the men and women of Hawaii Swim Basin Rehabilitation Concept for Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial (Design: Dr. Hans Krock) On Veterans’ Day 2016, the National Trust for Historic Preservation unveiled its proposal for revitalizing the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium —one of the most unique structures in the country commemorating those who served and gave their lives in World War I. The rehabilitation concept, designed by Hawaii’s globally-renowned engineer Dr. Hans Krock, is a simple, innovative and long-term solution that would ensure a clean and safe swim basin for the endangered memorial. “This concept proposal is part of our ongoing commitment to develop a collaborative preservation plan that once again allows the Natatorium to operate as a vibrant aquatic facility, community resource and ‘living memorial’ to be enjoyed by future generations,” said Barbara Pahl, senior vice president of field services for the National Trust. “We’re excited to contribute an environmentally responsible alternative—protecting public health and safety—and encourage the City and County of Honolulu and Hawaii locals to take a close look at the design and the opportunity to restore one of the state’s most recognizable historic sites.” The National Trust’s concept proposal for the Natatorium is the result of a collaborative effort with local experts and preservationists, which began with the site’s National Treasures designation in May 2014. The concept, developed by Dr. Hans Krock, Emeritus Professor of Ocean and Resources Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Dr. Alfred Yee, foremost authority in the design of concrete structures and consulting engineer for Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial, addresses [...]
Tools for Saving Places: Historic Preservation Seminars this August on Kauai, Maui, Hawaii Island & Oahu
Join Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and National Park Service for a free seminar that will provide training on the tools and techniques available for community members to save historic places. The full day seminars will help the public identify opportunities and rights to participate in historic preservation regulatory processes and share other means and tools for effective advocacy to save and preserve historic properties and cultural sites. ATTENDEES WILL LEARN: Definitions and purpose of historic preservation. Definitions and criteria used to identify historic properties. Which major Federal, State and Local laws and ordinances address historic preservation. Opportunities, rights and responsibilities for public participation in the preservation processes. Additional methods, activities and practices to achieve preservation outcomes. Presenters: Kiersten Faulkner, Executive Director, Historic Hawaii Foundation; guest presenters, Elaine Jackson-Retondo, National Park Service and Stanton Enomoto, Department of the Interior. Dr. Elaine Jackson-Retondo, Pacific West History Program Manager in the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office, earned her Doctorate in Architectural History and Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. She has worked in the National Park Service since 2002. Jackson-Retondo’s current and past work has included the National Park Service’s American Latino Heritage Initiative, Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative, Japanese American confinement during World War II, Cesar Chavez and the Farm-worker Movement, the National Park Service’s Mission 66 Program, and 19th century carceral institutional landscapes. Stanton Enomoto, Department of the Interior Senior Program Director for Native Hawaiians, received his bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was raised on [...]
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the Chinatown Improvement District are pleased to announce the historic preservation summer series for 2017. The 3-part series provides information about methods, techniques and resources to preserve historic commercial buildings. The seminars provide practical, specific information on maintaining and rehabilitating historic structures, helping them to continue to provide benefits to the owners, the historic district and the greater community. The series also educates policy makers about problems and concerns building owners face and potential solutions. The 2017 series will be held on the second Wednesday of the months of May, June and July from 12 – 1 p.m. at Lyon Associates, 45 No. King Street, 5th Floor. The one-hour classes are free and open to the public. May 10 Session: Qualifies for 1 AIA/CES LU. June 14 Session: Qualifies for 1 AIA/CES (HSW) LU. July 12 Session: Qualifies for 1 AIA/CES (HSW) LU. AIA Honolulu is the registered provider. The third session on Electrical Capacity & Upgrades is pending approval. Download Flier (PDF) Wednesday, MAY 10: Facades & Storefronts: Identifying & Protecting Your Building's Visual Presentation in a Cost Effective Way Presented by: Fung Associates, Inc. and Mason Architects, Inc. This session will provide an overview of historic building facades and fronts with visual examples while identifying what’s important on your building’s façade and why. The presenters will explain character defining features and note why it is important to maintain/restore them. The discussion will also include tips on how to protect/restore unique features in a cost effective way via identifying small, feasible projects and designing and implementing an action plan of step by step small preservation projects. Opportunities for funding support will also be broached. Wednesday, [...]
What are Hawaii's Most Endangered Historic Places and why do they matter? The Most Endangered Historic Places is a public awareness campaign that seeks to remind people of historical sites that are often overlooked or forgotten. Sharing their connection to real people and events from the past that are still relevant today serves as a rallying cry for citizen action to protect these community landmarks. The annual list serves to highlight some of the best opportunities for preservation each year because the historic sites are threatened in some way, but still have opportunities for survival and reuse. Seven sites have been added this year with a total of 79 historic sites listed since 2005. The 2016 sites are: Ala Kahakai Mauka to Makai Trails Ninole Stream Bridge Kaniakapupu Ruins Loko Ea Piliaama Stone Read more about each site, why it’s relevant and what threatens it by clicking on each (above). Click here to read the full article by Katrina Valcourt in HONOLULU Magazine. The list of threatened historic properties is an annual program of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Historic Preservation Division and HONOLULU Magazine.