In June 2019, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation will continue its popular statewide educational seminars to provide training on historic preservation lessons learned from regional preservation case studies.

The half-day seminars will explore local preservation projects sharing lessons learned on best practices, common mistakes to avoid, and helpful tips and guidelines.




Community members and professionals who care about preserving the built and cultural sites that tell the stories of Hawai‘i’s history.


PART ONE shares case studies that examine local projects and include information on the historic property; project goals; needs and threats; parties involved; what happened and lessons learned and advice for others doing a similar project. Each session will present three case studies. After the case studies there will be an audience question and answer session with the presenters.

PART TWO offers interactive breakout sessions facilitated by subject matter experts that present a deeper dive into topics that are part of overall preservation project planning.

Through the training, attendees will learn:

  • Tools and resources for historic preservation
  • Lessons learned on best practices, common mistakes to avoid, and helpful tips and guidelines



Hawai‘i Island

Gavin Miculka and Kuulani Auld of Kona Historical Society speaking about the rehabilitation process, grant funding and navigating permitting for the roof replacement project for their historic farmhouse
Rick Gmirkin and Adam Johnson of the National Park Service speaking about traditional building practices, community training and engagement related to the Hawaii Legacy Program for the Ala Kahakai Trail in Hilo and Rick Gmirkin and Mandy Johnson-Campbell in Kona.
K.T. Cannon-Eger of Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens sharing the role of community stewardship and partnerships for the preservation and continuous thriving life of Lili‘uokalani Gardens in Hilo (Hilo only).
• Greg Chun of  ‘Awa Kele LLC presenting the Hāpaiali‘i Heiau with a a focus on community engagement and building support for a preservation project (Kona only).

Glenn Mason of Mason Architects and Stevie Whalen of Kunia Village Development Company will share the Kunia Village Housing project, a former plantation camp rehabilitated to provide low-income housing to farm workers and their families. The focus will be utilizing tax credits and developing partnerships.
Tonia Moy of Fung Associates will present a residential rehabilitation project illustrating best practices for restoring and rehabilitating a historic property following the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Preservation and the accompanying permitting process.
Māhealani Cypher of Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will present the Ahupua‘a Boundary Marker program, a community driven project that required addressing interpretation of historic sites, community support and stewardship.


Tommy Noyes of Kaua‘i Path will present the Puna Moku Coastal Trail Heritage Signage with a focus on the role of interpretation and navigating the permitting process.
Victoria Wichman of Kaua‘i Division of State Parks and Emily Cadiz and Presley Wann of Maka‘āinana o Makana will present the Hā‘ena State Park Lo‘i Kalo project with a focus on traditional practices and community partnerships.
Chris Faye of Hui o Laka will present the window and door rehabilitation and repainting project at Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at Kōke‘e State Park with a focus on the rehabilitation process and finding skilled craftsmen.


Mary Orwig of the Makawao History Museum describing the role of interpretation, community stewardship and partnerships in the creation and upkeep of the museum.
Theo Morrison of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation explaining permitting and fundraising for one of LRF’s projects.
Jonathan Starr and Jim and Linda Clarke of the Kaupo Community Association will present the Kaupo School Project with a focus on seeking permits/compliance actions, grants and fundraising.

Additional Speakers include:

Kiersten Faulkner, Executive Director, Historic Hawaii Foundation; and Elaine Jackson-Retondo, National Park Service

Elaine Jackson-Retondo is the Preservation Partnerships and History Programs Manager in the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office. She 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. Dr. 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 Farmworker Movement, the National Park Service’s Mission 66 Program, and 19th century carceral institutional landscapes.

Project leaders will present case studies.


All seminars will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Monday, June 10:
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Campus Center, Rooms 301 & 306
200 W. Kāwili Street, Hilo

Wednesday, June 12:
Hawai‘i Community College – Palamanui
Panini 126 & 127
73-4225 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona

Thursday, June 13:
Aloha Tower Marketplace
Multipurpose Room 3
1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu

Monday, June 17:
Waimea Neighborhood Center
4556 Makeke Road, Waimea

Tuesday, June 18:
Kaua‘i Community College
3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Hwy, Līhu‘e

Thursday, June 20:
Lahainaluna High School
980 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina

Friday, June 21:
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Morgado Hall
One Cameron Way, Kahului