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New Concept Design Unveiled for Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium

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 core [...]

November 9th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Featured A, Uncategorized|

ACTION ALERT: LokoEa Fishpond Needs Your Support

Speak Out to Protect Scenic View of LokoEa Fishpond From our friends at The Outdoor Circle: On Monday, Sept. 12th, North Shore Outdoor Circle President Gidget Germain along with 2nd VP Kathy Whitmire from the North Shore branch testified in Honolulu against a Haleiwa Special District major development permit for “The Shops at Anahulu” which is proposed to be built on the vacant land right next to Loko’Ea Fishpond in Haleiwa. Major points of opposition are listed below. Additional testimony is needed in opposition As Soon As Possible before September 19.  Your thoughts about the need to conserve this land can be submitted by email.   Please send them by email to Alex Beatty at the Department of Planning and Permitting. Here is a link to his email address:  abeatty@honolulu.gov Please include in the subject line: "2016/SDD-43(AB) The Shops at Anahulu" You do not need to prepare any formal testimony.  Just send a brief email making any or all of the following points: 1. Haleiwa Special District was created to preserve the historic nature of Haleiwa town. 2. The objectives of the District include preservation of historic sites, open spaces and important scenic views. 3. The view of Loko’Ea Pond from Kamehameha Hwy is specifically identified in the land use ordinance as an important view plane to be protected. 4. The proposed Shops at Anahulu is a 25 foot tall, 5,000 square foot commercial building to be built at the corner of Kamehameha Hwy and Loko’Ea Place. It will eliminate the public view of the Pond from the highway at that location. 5. Commercial encroachment on this historic Hawaiian Fishpond is inconsistent with the guidance of the Northshore Sustainable Communities Plan and the Haleiwa Town Plan [...]

September 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Honouliuli Advocates, Jane Kurahara & Betsy Young, Share Why Preservation Matters

The Significance of Preserving Honouliuli The road to Honouliuli's status as a national monument in February 2015 by President Obama was fraught with twists and turns and unfolded over the course of 17 years.  Jane Kurahara and Betsy Young were on the trail from day one after receiving a call from a local TV station reporter seeking information on the internment camp's location of which they had none.  This sparked the beginning of their journey to identify the World War II-era confinement camp site and document, evaluate and plan for its preservation.  Their exceptional efforts and perseverance have ensured that the history of Japanese Internment in the Islands is kept alive and the lessons learned shared with current and future generations. Read a brief recap of their journey in the Good Neighbor section the May 25, 2016 Midweek. We asked Kurahara and Young what preservation means to them and why it's important to preserve the internment site at Honouliuli. Jane Kurahara "If we did not try to find the Honouliuli internment site and find a way to keep it intact in perpetuity, there would be a permanent hole in that period of history. To me, “preservation” means not only keeping intact historical sites, but also finding and keeping the stories and resources that make that part of history live on permanently. Preservation matters because without it, you are losing knowledge about that period of history. In this case, the Hawaii internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.  More importantly you will be missing the historical lesson of how civil rights can be abused. Our country would be doomed to repeating the same mistake again." Kurahara has co-chaired the Hawai‘i Confinement SitesCommittee since its inception [...]

May 25th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Why Preserving our Shared Heritage Matters

Indiana Jones saw the importance of history Hawaii Army Weekly, February 5, 2016 Story and photos by Chaplain (Maj.) John Grauer Plans and Operations U.S. Army Garrison – Hawaii Grauer Indiana Jones, the fictional adventurer/archeologist, searches for valuable artifacts of great historical significance, giving us a glimmer of his character as one who seeks great historical antiquities. Like the fictional Indiana Jones, Austin Henry Layard has been seen Austin Henry Layard by many historians to be the person who led to the historical discovery of the ancient city of Nimrud in the 1840s. The story of its discovery was one of great historical significance. It brought to us the reality of connecting the past with the future and what it means for us when we forget our historical roots to past civilizations that are lost to us. Have you ever misplaced a cell phone? We all have. I can guess what happened: You panicked! You retraced your steps, turned your residence upside down until you found your phone and then you were relieved. But what happens when you lose something and don’t find it? What happens when something that you cherish is lost? While surfing near Haleiwa, I was hit by a wave and knocked around. My wedding ring slipped off my finger, fell into the water and slowly disappeared. It was gone! It was gone forever! Historical Church Mosul A few weeks ago, I was angered at the news of an ancient church in Iraq that was destroyed. I remember that church. I walked through this ancient place, and many other places of great historical importance, like the ruins of Nimrud, set during the time of Assyrian King (883 to 859 BC). North Western [...]

HHF Members-Only Tour of the Honolulu Fire Museum

An exclusive event for HHF Members will be held at the Honolulu Fire Department and Museum on May 13 at 5 p.m. The former Kaka‘ako Fire Station was adapted into a museum showcasing the history of the Honolulu Fire Department, which was founded in 1850. It is the only fire department in the United States that was established by a ruling monarch (King Kamehameha III), and the only department with civilian fire fighters in the U.S. to have been awarded Purple Hearts for sustaining combat casualties. The building was rehabilitated as a museum and received a preservation honor award in 2009. It is designated on the State Register of Historic Places as part of the thematic group “Fire Stations of Oahu.” These seven stations were constructed between 1901 and 1934. Serving various communities on the island of Oahu, six of the stations are located in Honolulu and the seventh is in Waialua. Each of the seven properties are two-story masonry structures with prominent towers. The museum will be open by special arrangement in support of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s 40th annual membership meeting. The event will include a short business meeting and elections, and include the museum tours and reception. The event is open to current HHF members only. There is no charge, but reservations are required. RSVP to Member@historichawaii.org by May 9. To join or renew membership with HHF, click http://historichawaii.org/support/join-or-renew-your-membership/  

April 7th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Paepae o He‘eia

CONTACT www.paepaeoheeia.org 808-236-6178 P.O. Box 6355 Kaneohe, HI 96744 help@paepaeoheeia.org WHAT THEY DO Paepae o He'eia is a private non-profit organization dedicated to caring for He'eia Fishpond – an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He'eia, Ko'olaupoko, O'ahu. Established by a group of young Hawaiians, Paepae o He'eia works in partnership with landowner, Kamehameha Schools, to manage and maintain He'eia Fishpond for the community. Paepae o He'eia was established to mālama He'eia Fishpond and serve as kia'i to this precious resource and treasure. ABOUT THE HISTORIC PROPERTY Located in He‘eia Uli on the island of O‘ahu, He‘eia Fishpond is a walled (kuapa) style fishpond enclosing 88 acres of brackish water. The kuapa is built on the Malaukaa fringing reef that extends from the shoreline surrounding the pond out into Kāne‘ohe Bay. Built approximately 600-800 years ago by the residents of the area, the kaupa is possibly the longest in the island chain, measuring about 7000 feet long and forms a complete circle around the pond. This is unique as most fishponds are either straight lines or half circles connecting one point of shoreline to another. HOW TO HELP Paepae o He'eia is always looking for volunteers to help restoration efforts. We appreciate many different levels of volunteer involvement, from scholarship recipients working off service hours to researchers to employee staff development participants.

November 7th, 2013|Categories: Get Involved, Uncategorized|Tags: |