Trends and Issues

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s Preservation Resource Center (PRC) provides people with the help they need to save the places they love. Here we explore various trends and issues in historic preservation.

Preservation Easements Provide For Perpetual Protection

Preservation easements are a tool to ensure that a historic building, with its associated site and character-defining features, can be preserved in perpetuity.  Similar to conservation easements, the owner severs certain property rights, including [...]

New EPA Rules on Lead Paint Compatible with Best Practices for Historic Preservation

Lead paint is a serious health and safety issue. New regulations – known as the renovation, repair, and painting rule – were officially adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and went into effect [...]

Using Development Incentives for Preservation

While historic property owners must adhere to federal standards for rehabilitation if they want to alter and repair their buildings to ensure historic integrity and compatible alterations, the benefits of being listed on the [...]

Modernism and the Recent Past: What’s Worth Saving and How Do We Know

It is difficult to have a good perspective on what is worth saving when the buildings we are talking about were built within our society’s living memory.  However, it is important that we start [...]

Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act

Amidst much discussion of the Honolulu High Capacity Rapid Transit it is important to understand the various review processes in place to help protect historic resources impacted by the project. The process preservationists are [...]

Property Tax Exemptions For Commercial and Residential Properties

In recognition that preserving a community’s historic resources is a way to serve the larger public good, many local governments offer economic and other incentives to increase the level of protection of historic buildings.  [...]