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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Legislation to Honor Nation’s World War I Memorials

Repost Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Legislation to Honor Nation’s World War I Memorials November 9, 2017 Press Release Washington, DC—Ahead of the 100th Anniversary of World War I next year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation to rehabilitate World War I memorials in Hawai‘i and across the country. H.R. 4328, the Honoring World War I Memorial Act of 2017 would authorize $50 million awarded through VA grants to eligible entities for the rehabilitation of World War I memorials throughout the United States. Eligible entities include non-profit organizations or state or local governments with direct jurisdiction over the rehabilitation of a World War I memorial. Hawai‘i is home to one eligible World War I memorial at Waikiki Natatorium, along with 47 other states. In recognition of Veterans Day, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will deliver the keynote address during the Veterans' Day Ceremony in commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the end of World War I at the Waikiki Natatorium this Saturday, November 11. “More than four million brave men and women, including 10,000 soldiers from the territory of Hawai‘i, bravely served our country during World War I,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Nearly a century later, many of the memorials, like the WWI Waikiki Natatorium in Hawai‘i, are deteriorating, decaying, and crumbling due to decades of neglect, and many have been closed to the public for decades. The heroes of World War I fought bravely and sacrificed greatly for our country and deserve places of rest and reflection that honor their service. Passing the Honoring World War I Memorials Act of 2017 to restore our country’s World War I memorials would provide a small measure of our nation’s gratitude to those who served and sacrificed.” “Part [...]

2017-11-09T16:33:50+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Exclusive Historic Home Open House Event on December 8

Exclusive Historic Home Open House at the Bayer Estate (aka Steve McGarrett's Hawaii Five-0 House) LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!! Dress for the season and join us for this unique evening event at the historic Bayer Estate, the site of Steve McGarrett’s home on the hit TV series, Hawai‘i Five-0. Enjoy a stunning sunset oceanside at this charming 1936 Craftsman-style home decorated for the holidays. The evening will include docent tours of the home and an informative presentation from Hawai‘i State Film commissioner and HHF board member, Donne Dawson, followed by a talk story with the homeowners. Pūpū and drinks will be served.  Mystery wine and mystery boxes, great for holiday gift giving, will be available for purchase. DATE: Friday, December 8, 2017 TIME: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EVENT DESCRIPTION: Docent tours of the house, presentation by Hawaii State Film Commissioner, talk story with the homeowners, time to socialize with old and new friends. TICKETS: $50 Historic Hawaii Foundation Member; $65 General Not yet a member? Click here to join. Parking:  Valet parking at the estate. Limited to 70 people. Download Flier (PDF) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

2017-10-31T13:16:02+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Events, Events - Home sidebar, Featured Homepage|

ACT TODAY to Protect the Federal Historic Tax Credit

The Federal Historic Tax Credit is Under Threat. Find Out How You Can Help Protect It. WHAT IS IT? The Federal Historic Tax Credit (FHTC) program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. It provides a 20% tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of historic structures and a 10% tax credit for the rehabilitation of non-historic, nonresidential buildings built before 1936. Click here to read more. The program creates jobs and is one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. The National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service administer the program in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices. WHY DOES IT MATTER? The FHTC has played a critical role in revitalizing small towns and cities since it was made a permanent part of the tax code in 1986 with the idea to draw investment to the rehabilitation of older properties. The program has leveraged $131 billion in private investment, created more than 2.4 million jobs and adapted 42,293 buildings for productive uses through 2016. Some local Hawai‘i examples that used the FHTC include Kunia Camp (O‘ahu), Mā‘alaea General Store (Maui) and Baldwin Memorial Home (Maui) (see featured photos). WHAT THREATENS IT? Republican lawmakers are close to finalizing tax reform legislation, but an outline meant to guide the legislative process failed to retain the FHTC suggesting the tax reform bills currently in the House and Senate will not include it. WHAT CAN YOU DO? ACT TODAY! The continuation of the FHTC requires a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the program’s impact and to advocate for its protection in Congress. CONTACT THE HAWAII CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ASAP AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT RETAINING THE FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDIT   [...]

2017-10-30T16:11:58+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Featured Homepage|

Energy Conservation Measures for Historic Buildings

Glenn Mason, FAIA, president of Mason Architects, Inc.; Joseph Higgin, PE, associate principal/Hawaii operations manager with Allana Buick & Bers; and Ramsey Brown, resource acquisition manager with Hawaii Energy presented a session on energy conservation measures for historic buildings at the 2017 Pacific Building Trade Expo on October 24.  The session covered what makes a historic building unique, shared energy efficiency incentives and programs, and discussed how to appropriately incorporate these to reduce building maintenance and performance costs while maintaining the historic integrity of the property. Click here to access the presentation.

2017-10-25T13:49:41+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events - Past|

November 9 – Presentation on the History of Honolulu’s Historic Parks and Playgrounds

Scenic Hawai‘i invites guests to attend its general membership luncheon that will include a presentation on “Honolulu’s Parks and Playgrounds: A Brief History” by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Executive Director Kiersten Faulkner. The public is invited to the luncheon on Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hale Koa Hotel, Kalia Room in Waikīkī. Tickets are $30 and include lunch. Faulkner’s presentation will focus on the history and significance of the public playground movement of the 1930s, Honolulu’s historic parks and their relevance as community gathering places today. “Ever since King Kamehameha III designated Hawai‘i’s first public park in 1843, parks and playgrounds have played an important role in the social and urban fabrics of Honolulu,” said Faulkner. “Residents and visitors alike continue to gather and enjoy opportunities for recreation, socializing, community building and connecting to nature that comes with parks and open space. The historic urban parks reflect the landscape design, social organizations and cultural expectations of their times. These rich and inspiring places retain their significance and have much to offer us still today.” The event will be of interest to kama‘āina who would like to learn more about the historical treasures in their own backyards and who care about preserving open space in urban environments for community use. Visitors with a propensity toward history, landscape architecture, open space and preservation will also be interested to attend. PRESENTATION (PDF) DOWNLOAD FLIER (PDF)

2017-11-16T14:20:46+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Events - Past|

Kauai Modern available for purchase online in the HHF Gift Store

“Kaua‘i Modern” showcases a small but significant portion of the mid-20th century modern architecture movement on Kaua‘i examining how Hawaii’s post-World War II building boom shaped island communities. Architectural historian Don Hibbard and noted author Pat Griffin provide insight on the architectural features, historical background and social context of Modernist buildings and places around Kaua‘i, beautifully photographed by David Franzen. Funding was provided by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities to promote the richness and value of the humanities—including an understanding of the architectural history and preservation of Hawaii’s past—for the Hawaiian Islands. (Books purchased now will be shipped beginning October 1, 2017.)

2017-10-04T23:58:32+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: Featured Homepage|

Update on the Campaign to Save Lihue Post Office!

10/12/2017 - The public has until November 10 to submit comments in support of keeping the post office open at its Rice Street location: With the 2nd public meeting complete, the public is encouraged to submit comments to the USPS address noted below by Friday, November 10, 2017. Scroll down for sample messaging. Be sure to include your personal connection to the post office and how it adds value to your life and the downtown core for greater impact. Mail your support letters to: United States Postal Service Attn: Greg Shelton-Lihue HI 200 E Kentucky Ave Denver, CO 80209-9950 9/12/17 - The Latest on the US Postal Service's Proposed Plan to Relocate Operations On June 23, 2017, the United States Postal Service issued a letter to Līhu‘e Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. noting that the USPS has decided to return for another public meeting to more fully explain the proposed relocation and have a new discussion with the mayor and community. A new public meeting has been called and will take place on October 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall Exhibition Room, 4191 Hardy Street in Līhu‘e Street.  See below for copies of the public meeting notice and the June 23 letter to Mayor Carvalho. Please check back for more information and advocacy suggestions.     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 [...]

2017-11-02T16:06:28+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Featured Homepage|

September 12: WWII Battlefield Preservation Plan to Be Shared With Public

Scars and remnants of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are still visible on Ford Island. Over the past 75 years, the strafing marks, bomb craters and other reminders of the battle have been carefully documented and preserved, even as the naval station has experienced modifications and changes during World War II and the Cold War, through the current era. As part of the Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark, the Ford Island runway and hardstand areas serve as reminders of the impact of the battle that launched the United States into World War II. The events of that day marked the start of the defining era of the 20th century. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has completed a historic context study and inventory about aspects of the December 7 battle and developed a plan for preserving and sharing the remaining physical elements that tell the story of the battlefield. The public is invited to learn about how the December 7 attack impacted Ford Island, and how historians are using the physical markings and scars to recreate the battle.  A preservation and historic stewardship plan for the area has been drafted for public input before finalizing the submittal to the American Battlefields Protection Program. The presentation and community discussion will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Pearl Harbor Visitors’ Center.  The free event is co-sponsored by Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the National Park Service, with support from Booz Allen and the US Navy. Event Info When: Tuesday, September 12, 4:00 pm Where: Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center Auditorium This event is FREE

2017-09-19T15:05:26+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Events - Past|

How Can I Address Energy Efficiency in My Historic Building? Thinking and Acting with a Sustainable Mindset

By Melanie Islam It’s undeniable that preserving an existing building is one of the most sustainable building actions. Embodied energy is conserved and environmental impacts are limited by building reuse. Yet, nearly 74% of the energy produced in the U.S. is used to operate buildings and 38% of CO2 emissions are byproducts of buildings. Inefficient building operations are a result of many things that can be contributed to a building envelope’s response to the natural elements, specified equipment and its performance, or user behavior. Existing building stock represents a majority of building portfolio and addressing the role historic buildings have in positively reducing the larger impact buildings have towards the environment requires a holistic approach that involves all parties – owner, consultant, and occupants—in the decision-making process. By applying the “SWOT process” to building analysis, all parties have the opportunity to understand why historic buildings are inherently sustainability, while identifying the challenges to meet energy efficiency targets. For example, we know that many historic buildings were originally designed to be passive and low-energy structures. These buildings have tall ceilings with operable windows, beautiful day lit stairwells, good wall-to-window ratios, and facades that respond to the local climate conditions. All of these qualities support key sustainability strategies for day lit and naturally ventilated spaces. But, historic building envelopes are often poor thermal barriers, as the walls, roof, and windows lack the required U-value to accommodate for the temperature difference between indoor and outdoor air caused by the introduction of air conditioning. A solution to this problem could be to insulate the walls or roof and properly seal windows and doors to reduce coolth loss by infiltration. This may not be the exact answer, but the [...]

2017-09-06T17:46:36+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Ask an Expert|

Honolulu Joins the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative

On June 8, 2017, 140 stakeholders from 19 sectors representing 117 organizations participated in the Resilient O‘ahu Workshop at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. The workshops goal: to welcome Honolulu into the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation and begin the collective process of devising a “Resilience Strategy” for Oahu.  The newly established Office of Climate Change, Sustainability & Resiliency, created in 2016 when voters approved City Charter Amendment 7, is taking the lead in this effort which falls squarely within its mission to build partnerships to increase sustainability and address climate change on O‘ahu. 100RC was born out of the need for cities, where much of the world’s population resides, to be resilient enough to survive, adapt and grow regardless of increased acute shocks and chronic stresses. Shocks are defined as sudden, sharp events that threaten a city while stresses weaken the fabric of a city over the long haul. Honolulu workshop participants identified top shocks as infrastructure failure, hurricane and other natural disasters with top stressors being rising sea level, high cost of living/access to housing and overreliance on imports. As O‘ahu moves toward formulating a plan, it is important that cultural resources defined as: archaeological sites (surface and buried); historic buildings and structures; objects; districts; ethnographic sites and cultural landscapes be viewed as valuable assets that need protection under the resiliency strategy. Both shocks and stressors have the potential to adversely affect cultural resources by increasing risk of damage or destruction, limiting access to sites which can lead to a loss of connection to a place, culture and traditions and reduced visitation which impacts local business and economy as visitor interest and spending decrease. Resilience implies adaptability, [...]

2017-09-19T15:58:13+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Trends & Issues|