Underwater Cultural Heritage subject of Public Talk at Waikīkī Aquarium Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, in partnership with Waikīkī Aquarium, will share a first of its kind study about submerged cultural resources in the Hawaiian Islands. The talk will be presented by Dr. Hans K. Van Tilburg, Maritime Heritage Coordinator of NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, who recently completed, The Unseen Landscape: Inventory and Assessment of Submerged Cultural Resources in Hawai’i, highlighting shipwrecks and submerged aircraft sites in Hawai’i. Dr. Tilburg will share a lay overview of this exciting study and answer such questions as: What are the resources? How do they connect to our history? What threats do they face? What risks do they pose for ocean health? and How do we share their stories in a larger, place-based context? WHAT: Public presentation about underwater cultural resources in Hawai’i DATE: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 TIME: 3:30 to 4:30 PM PLACE: Waikīkī Aquarium classroom, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 Free & open to the public. Registration required. Seating is limited! It’s the first comprehensive assessment of Hawai‘i’s underwater cultural heritage and many agencies and partners contributed to this important 3-year project including Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory [HURL], the University of Hawaii Marine Option Program [UH MOP], BOEM’s Pacific OCS regional office, Honua Consulting Inc., NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration, and the NOAA Diving Program.
Announcing the 31st Annual Free Lunchtime Lecture Series featuring "Experts at the Cathedral" Winter 2018, February 1-March 8 The tradition continues! This year's theme is “Hawaiian Battles” The free weekly lunchtime lectures will be held on Thursdays from February 1– March 8, from 12-1 p.m. at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Von Holt Room, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu This year's schedule: February 1: Jerry Walker, Community expert, scholar and practitioner, “Key Elements of the Battle of Nu‘uanu” February 8: Gordon Umi Kai, Pā Ku‘i a Lua, “Na Mea Kaua: Weapons and Battle Formations” February 15: Monika Frazier, Aloha Kuamo'o '‘Āina, “Wahi Pana as Ike Waihona: When the land holds memory” February 22: Professor William Chapman and Noelle Kahanu, University of Hawai‘i Graduate Certificate Program Historic Preservation, “Preserving America’s Battlefields: Memorials or Interpretive sites?” March 1: Sam ‘Ohu Gon III, Nā Papa Kanaka o Puʻukoholā, “Lelekaʻanae: Commemorating the Battle of Nuʻuanu with Community for 20 years” March 8: Kim Birnie, Daughters of Hawai‘i, “A History of Remembrance: Commemorating the battle and healing the wounds of Nu‘uanu” The annual series is sponsored by the Historic Preservation Program, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace; and Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. Stop by on your lunch hour and feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Click here for a map of the venue location. PARKING: Metered parking is available near Iolani Palace. Parking is also available at the Alii Place Parking Garage located at 1099 Alakea Street near the Hotel Street intersection ($3 for 2 hours) and in the St. Andrew's public parking lot ($12 for 2 hours). Open to all. Reservations [...]
Nominations are due Friday, February 2, 2018. Are you or is an organization or individual you know working on a fabulous preservation project? If so, now is the time to spotlight their (or your) work and share it with the community. There are several categories of awards with past honorees ranging from a historic blog, interpretive signage, preservation plans, brick and mortar preservation of homes, military and commercial buildings to commendations for individuals’ contributions to advocacy and education efforts to save historic places.
12/20/2017: We're pleased to share that the 20 percent federal historic tax credit (HTC) is included in the tax reform package that has now passed the House and Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk for signature. Keeping the HTC as a permanent part of the tax code is a significant victory for the preservation community—especially considering that the first House version eliminated the credit. This extraordinary success underscores the power of the credit and the broad support it has earned in the preservation community. Its inclusion in the most expansive overhaul of our nation’s tax code in more than three decades is a reaffirmation that reviving older and historic buildings is sound federal policy and good for the nation. The final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) passed by Congress keeps the historic tax credit at 20 percent but requires that the credit be taken over five years instead of all at once at the time of project completion. The legislation also repeals the 10 percent rehabilitation tax credit for non-historic buildings. While we were not able to maintain the status quo in all respects, this outcome reflects the widespread support for preserving our historic buildings from stakeholders across the country and bold leadership by several members of Congress who have long championed historic rehabilitation as a way to revitalize our communities. 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 [...]
“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.)
USPS ANNOUNCES DECISION TO CLOSE HISTORIC LĪHU‘E POST OFFICE 12/6/2017: The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced its final decision to close the historic post office on Rice Street in Lihue, Kaua‘i, via letter to Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho dated November 29. USPS received over a thousand written comments in opposition to the proposal to “relocate retail services” from the historic facility to the Līhu‘e Carrier Annex on Kapule Highway. Letters in opposition to the move were sent to USPS by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, Līhu‘e Business Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mayor Carvalho, U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz, Governor David Ige, State Senate President Ron Kouchi and other officials. Over 850 postcards and 116 coconut mailers were also sent to oppose the move. Many citizens and residents sent individual letters and signed an online petition to save the historic post office. Despite the overwhelming opposition of the community, USPS stated that “the Postal Service has determined that the relocation is the optimal solution to satisfy the Postal Service’s need to improve operational efficiency, and reduce the financial burdens facing the Postal Service.” At the February 23, 2017 public meeting, the USPS representative claimed that the proposed relocation was not prompted by financial concerns, but rather was in response to the need to address parking and vehicular access issues. In response, the County of Kaua‘i offered to set aside dedicated parking spaces in the Civic Center lot directly across the street from the post office with a cross walk. The County is also implementing transportation and street improvement projects that address pedestrian safety, bicycle access, vehicular safety and parking in the Līhu‘e Town Core. Although USPS claimed that it “considered community input,” the [...]