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Thursday, March 22, 2012


The State Legislature’s Heritage Caucus, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will present the 10th Annual Historic Preservation Awareness Day on Friday, March 30. The annual event highlights and celebrates the history of Hawai‘i and the state’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage.

Some 50 exhibitors from the public, private and non-profit sectors will provide information about the role of historic preservation as an important element of community interaction and quality of life, as well as to demonstrate the importance of historic preservation to elected officials as they consider preservation legislation.

The exhibits will be held on the third floor of the Hawai‘i State Capitol on Friday, March 30, 2012, from 8:30 am to 11:30 a.m. This free event is open to the public.

“It’s inspiring to visit the exhibits and meet those individuals who are dedicated to protect and preserve historical properties, cultural sites, and sacred places,” said Representative Cindy Evans, chair of the state legislature’s Heritage Caucus. “This day is an opportunity for the public, organizations and individuals active in preservation, and the legislature to come together and celebrate our heritage.”

A special exhibit will be set up to gather public input to the Hawai‘i Preservation Plan, which will initiate efforts to ask community members their priorities for historic and cultural resource protection and policies. The “Speak Out” booth will solicit input for the State’s policy document that is being developed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources to serve as a five year plan for statewide preservation efforts.

“We encourage all Hawai‘i residents to participate in one of the public comment activities for the statewide preservation plan,” said William J. Aila, Jr., Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, and the State’s Historic Preservation Officer. “There will also be public meetings statewide and various other ways to provide input over the next two months. The Speak Out booth at Historic Preservation Awareness Day will let people talk about preservation, development and change within their communities, start to identify what they believe is worth saving, and suggest ways on how best to preserve Hawai‘i’s heritage.”

In addition to the Speak Out booth, other organizations will also showcase their efforts to celebrate and support various aspects of preservation.

“Historic Preservation Awareness Day is part of the collaborative effort to demonstrate the range of business, education, advocacy and arts organizations engaged in preserving Hawaii’s historic and cultural resources,” said Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation.

“As preservationists, many of us speak often about community character and quality of life benefits that come from preserving Hawaii’s historic, architectural and cultural heritage. But in these times of difficult economic decisions and competing values, that isn’t enough. It is increasingly important to demonstrate that preservation offers measurable economic impacts,” Faulkner said.

There is a direct link between investing in historic properties and the economic return for both property owners and government. Historic preservation is a powerful economic engine. The exhibitors at Historic Preservation Awareness Day all contribute to these industries in various ways. They not only preserve Hawaii’s heritage, they also contribute to its bottom line. We are pleased to be able to use this opportunity to demonstrate the broad scope and deep value that they provide,” Faulkner added.

The annual event started in 2002 as an activity of the Legislature’s Heritage Caucus, founded by Representatives Corinne Ching and Cindy Evans, as a bi-cameral, bi-partisan group of legislators working to preserve and promote Hawaii’s cultural heritage. Historic Hawai‘i Foundation became a co-sponsor and principal organizer in 2006. The event is also sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Exhibiting organizations will include:

1. African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii

2. Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

3. Army Cultural Resources Program

4. Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

5. Bishop Museum Anthropology Department

6. Chinatown Improvement District

7. Cultural Surveys Hawaii

8. Damien and Marianne of Moloka‘i Heritage Center

9. Daughters of Hawai‘i

10. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

11. Friends of ‘Iolani Palace

12. Friends of Queen Theater

13. Fung Associates, Inc.

14. Hale‘iwa Main Street

15. Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association

16. Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau

17. Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

18. Hawaiian Railway Society

19. Historic Hawai‘i Foundation

20. Historic Liliha Town

21. Honolulu Culture and Arts District

22. Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center

23. Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

24. Kailua Historical Society

25. Kāko‘o ‘Ōiwi

26. Kalaupapa National Historic Park

27. Kikiaola Construction Company / Structure Movers Hawaii

28. King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center

29. Ko‘olau Foundation

30. Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club

31. Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts LP / Starwood Hotels and Resorts Waikīkī

32. Mālama Mānoa

33. Mānoa Heritage Center

34. Marine Corps Base Hawaii

35. Mason Architects, Inc.

36. Maui Historical Society

37. Minatoishi Architects, Inc.

38. Mō‘ili‘ili Community Center

39. Navy Region Hawaii / NAVFAC Hawai‘i

40. Office of Hawaiian Affairs

41. Pacific Islands Institute

42. Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

43. Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

44. SMS Research & Marketing Services / State Historic Preservation Plan Community Input

45. Society for Hawaiian Archaeology

46. State Historic Preservation Division, Department of Land and Natural Resources

47. State Parks Division, Department of Land and Natural Resources

48. UH Mānoa Historic Preservation Program

49. United Chinese Society of Hawaii

50. WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation (HHF) is a statewide non-profit organization that encourages the preservation of historic buildings, sites, and communities relating to the history of Hawai‘i. Founded in 1974, the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation has become the driving force behind preservation in the state through its core programs of developing a community ethic of historic preservation, supporting smart legislation, and providing technical assistance to make preservation accessible.

The Hawai‘i State Legislature's Heritage Caucus is bi-cameral, bi-partisan, and currently comprised of 41 members from the House and Senate. Organized in 2006, the caucus works to identify, protect, and preserve the state’s cultural resources and to foster widespread appreciation of and respect for Hawai‘i's cultural heritage.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is a unique, independent state agency established through the Hawai‘i State Constitution and statutes to advocate for the betterment of conditions of all Native Hawaiians, with a Board of Trustees elected by the voters of Hawai‘i. OHA is guided by a vision and mission to ensure the perpetuation of culture, to protect the entitlements of Native Hawaiians, and to build a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation.

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