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Thursday, April 26, 2012


Public meetings start May 2nd

HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) is holding community meetings statewide in May, starting next week, to provide opportunity for public input on the development of the 2012-2017 State Historic Preservation Plan.

“Historic sites are tangible evidence of a colorful, rich heritage and provide the community with a sense of continuity,” said Pua Aiu, SHPD administrator. “The programs and services offered by SHPD are designed to promote the use and maintenance of historic properties for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of Hawaii’s citizens and visitors. Community input is essential to help set priorities for the State Historic Preservation Plan and will guide actions over the next five years.”

The meetings will begin with a presentation on historic preservation issues in present-day Hawaii. Attendees will be invited to share their own perceptions, including feedback on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for historic preservation.
Specifically, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to discussion on a variety of topics, including:  
        Priorities for historic preservation in Hawai‘i and individual communities
        Key participants
        Existing community resources
        Identifying what other resources are needed

The development and implementation of a comprehensive statewide historic preservation plan is one of the responsibilities of SHPD, under grant funding it receives from the National Park Service (NPS).

 “When meetings in every county are completed, we will have a clearer perspective of historic preservation issues and concerns throughout the state,” said Faith Sereno Rex, president of SMS Consulting, which is the lead contractor responsible for completing the 2012-2017 State Historic Preservation Plan. “We also hope to re-energize the community to be more active in historic preservation activities. When people are involved in the planning process they are more likely to stay active through implementation.“

The meeting schedule follows:
Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
4431 Nuhou St., Lihue
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
5 to 8 p.m.
Kahului, Maui
Maui High School
660 South Lono Ave., Kahului
Tuesday, May 8
5 to 8 p.m.
Hilo, Hawai‘i
Waiakea High School
155 W. Kawili St., Hilo
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
5 to 8 p.m.
Kona, Hawai‘i
Kealakehe Intermediate School cafeteria
74-5062 Onipaa St. Kailua-Kona
Thursday, May 17, 2012
5 to 8 p.m.
Farrington High School
1564 N. King St., Honolulu
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
5 to 8 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Community members may also share their thoughts through the following options:
        Mail: SMS, 1042 Fort Street Mall, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96813Phone: Toll free at 1-877-535-5767 (ask for Renee)

For more information, visit
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii is among the organizations to receive a grant from the National Park Service to help preserve and interpret the U.S. confinement sites where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. The 17 grants, totaling nearly $2.9 million, are part of Interior’s ongoing efforts to capture and tell a more inclusive story of American history.

JCCH’s project, ‘Just’ Youth: Taking the Lessons of Hawaii’s WWII Confinement Sites to Our High Schools, will receive $64,795.  The project will be based on lessons from Honouliuli Internment Camp and other Hawaii sites.

“If we are to tell the full story of America, we must ensure that we include difficult chapters such as the grave injustice of internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” Secretary Salazar said. “The internment sites serve as poignant reminders for us - and for the generations to come - that we must always be vigilant in upholding civil liberties for all.”

The incarceration of thousands of Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them American citizens, followed Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

“These places, where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly held, testify to the fragility of our constitutional rights in the face of fear and prejudice,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The National Park Service is honored to help preserve these sites and tell their stories, and thus prevent our nation from forgetting or repeating a shameful episode in its past.”

The awards, under the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, now in its fourth year, will support projects in 11 states. This year’s grants total $2,890,368 and bring to nearly $9.7 million the funds awarded since Congress established the grant program in 2006.

Grants from the Japanese American Confinement Sites program may go to the 10 War Relocation Authority camps established in 1942 or to more than 40 other sites, including assembly, relocation, and isolation centers. The program goal is to teach present and future generations about the injustice of the World War II confinement and inspire a commitment to equal justice under the law.

This year’s successful applicants comprise a variety of undertakings, including a documentary film about an isolation center on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona; the expansion of an online encyclopedia that focuses on all aspects of the Japanese American internment experience; the return of a former barracks building to its original internment camp site at Granada in southeastern Colorado; and a program to engage high school students in Hawaii in the study of World War II confinement and similar justice and equality issues that resonate today.

The award amounts range from $24,132 for the University of Idaho to further excavate the Kooskia Internment Camp site in northern Idaho, to $714,314 to a group in Delta, Utah, to build a museum and education center for the Topaz Relocation Center outside of town.

Congress established the Japanese American Confinement Sites program in 2006 and authorized up to $38 million in grants for the life of the program.

This year’s winners were chosen through a competitive process that requires applicants to match the grant award with $1 in non-federal funds or “in-kind” contributions for every $2 they receive in federal money.

Friday, April 20, 2012

April 29th, 2012, Honolulu 5K Run Takes Route Through Historic Downtown

          Historic Hawaii Foundation will be one of the sponsors of the second annual Honolulu 5K for Kids.  We were asked to provide information about some of the historic buildings and sites that are along the route.  We decided this was a great opportunity to educate children and their families, so we volunteered to provide the race map and include in it information about all of the historic buildings and sites along the route.  The race takes place on Sunday, April 29, 2012.   Proceeds from the event will be distributed to the schools based on each individual school’s participation and will be used to help enhance or improve the physical fitness, play and athletic programs within the schools.

         The 5K route takes place in downtown Honolulu, passing by multiple historic buildings and landmarks including ‘Iolani Palace, Mission Houses, St. Andrews Cathedral and the Hawaii State Art Museum.  In addition to providing a color keepsake map, we are also distributing complementary first-time membership offers to all race participants (estimated around 2,000). The race map includes photos and descriptions for twenty-five historic sites.   

       The race starts at 6:30 a.m. in front of the State Capitol and the finish line is at the Honolulu Hale Building. Historic Hawaii Foundation will have a table at the event located by the finish line. The average race time is one hour and the awards ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. The online registration fee is $20.00 before April 25, mail entries are $25, and late registration is $35. For more information or if you would like to participate please visit the race website at   The map is shown below.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

37th Annual Preservation Honor Awards May 11th, 2012

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation's 37th Annual Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu in the Pīkake Room at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow the presentation program. Tickets to the awards ceremony may be purchased for $45 each (HHF members) or $60 (general admission).  

The awards ceremony will include presentation of the 4th Annual Frank Haines Award to Dr. Hallett Hammatt.  The Haines Award was established in 2009 and named for master architect Frank Haines, FAIA.  It is presented to an individual who has demonstrated sustained and outstanding achievements in the areas of preserving the significant historic and cultural places of Hawai‘i.
Dr. Hallett Hammatt

The Haines Awards headlines the annual ceremony, which also includes preservation honor awards in three categories.  The honorees include six Media Awards, eight Commendations, and 14 Preservation Awards.  Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s preservation awards have been presented annually since 1975.  They are Hawaii’s highest recognition of projects that perpetuate, rehabilitate, restore or interpret the state’s architectural, archaeological and cultural heritage.

The honorees are selected by a committee comprised of professionals in architecture, history, planning, landscape architecture, architectural history and media. Each nomination is considered on its own merits and not in competition with others.

In addition, 13 Centennial Recognitions and one Quasquicentennial Recognition will be presented in celebration of the rich history of the kama‘āina companies, organizations and institutions that are an important and integral part of the singular culture of the Islands. 

 Honors to be presented include:

Preservation Media Award for a printed publication or visual presentation that interpreted the history, preservation or physical characteristics of a historic building, object, site or district.
·      Damien and Marianne Heritage Center Exhibits, presented to St. Augustine by the Sea, Mason Architects, Inc. and Heritage Resources, LLC, for the exhibit “Absolute Faith” featuring newly-discovered photos from 800 glass plate negatives.
·      “Līhu‘e Mill: Grinding Cane & Building Community”, presented to Pahio Development Inc. & Līhu‘e MS, LLC, Island Strategy, LLC and Barbara Pope Book Design, for the keepsake volume about Līhu‘e Mill and the significant role it had in shaping the island of Kaua‘i.
·      “Lualualei Radio Transmitting Facility” Documentary, presented to Naval Facilities Hawai‘i and Navy Region Hawai‘i, for the video documentary that highlights the history and role of the Navy’s radio antennae facility in the early 20th century.
·      “The Painted King,” presented to Glenn Wharton and University of Hawai‘i Press, for the account of the restoration of the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa‘au.
·      Pearl Harbor Wayside Exhibits, presented to Navy Region Hawai‘i, NAVFAC Hawai‘i and Ion Design, for exhibits that use powerful visuals and concise text to capture the rich history of the US Navy at Pearl Harbor.
·      “Walking Tour of Hale‘iwa Town” Brochure, presented to North Shore Chamber of Commerce for documentation to support self-guided tours of Hale‘iwa town for visitors to learn about its history and architecture.

Preservation Commendations for an individual, organization or government agency that engaged in an advocacy, educational, programmatic or other activity supporting preservation efforts, either for a specific site or through a broad-based program.
·      “Aloha Buddha” Documentary, presented to Radiant Features and producer Lorraine Minatoshi Palumbo, for a film and a program to document three defining eras of the Japanese Buddhist experience in Hawai‘i.
·      Building 1102, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, presented to Mason Architects, Inc. and NAVFAC Hawai‘i, for a written study that identifies the locations of all damage inflicted during the Japanese attack that are still present on the exterior and interior of this former barracks building.
·      Historic Assets Management Process, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, presented to Navy Region Hawai‘i, NAVFAC Hawai‘i, NAVFAC Pacific, TEC-JV, AECOM, Helber, Hastert & Fee Planners, and Mason Architects Inc., for developing a formal means for incorporating historic resources considerations early in the facility and installation planning process.
·      Holo Holo Kōloa Scenic Byway, presented to Kōloa Community Association, Hui Mālama O Kōloa, Po‘ipū Beach Resort Association, Ho‘okuleana LLC and Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, for the community effort that developed a historic corridor to give travelers a look at the historic and socioeconomic evolution of the Kōloa-Po‘ipū area.
·      Linda Collazo & Lyman Museum Educational Program, for building a strong and diverse program of historical information through a long-running weekly public museum presentation and by developing a series of architectural tours of East Hawai‘i.
·      Nu‘uanu-Liliha Candlelight Tour, presented to the Office of Representative Corinne Ching, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Consulate General of Japan, Philippine Consulate General, Daughters of Hawai‘i, Community Church of Honolulu and Academy of the Pacific, for presenting an annual educational tour of the historic valley of Nu‘uanu , highlighting successful examples of historic preservation within the Valley.
·      Wake Island Historic Landscapes Survey, presented to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawai‘i, 611th Air Support Group Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Alaska, Helber, Hastert & Fee Planners, Mason Architects Inc. and Franzen Photography, for a historical report documenting the cultural resources and evolution of changes to the pre-war and WW II cultural landscape, with a focus on the establishment of the Pan American Airways seaplane base in 1935 and the U.S. Navy and Japanese occupations of the atoll throughout WWII.
·      Wooden Structures Repair Manual & Training, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam presented to NAVFAC Hawai‘i, Navy Region Hawai‘i, Group 70 International, Inc. and Mason Architects Inc., for developing a building-specific maintenance manual and as a general reference guide for historic wooden buildings.

Preservation Awards for a specific project that preserved, rehabilitated or restored a historic building, object, site or district.
·      15 and 25 Hotel Street, Chinatown, presented to McCandless Properties, Iris Holdings, LLC, Pearl Street One, LLC, Mason Architects, Inc., Kiewit Building Group, Inc. and Martin and Chock, for rehabilitation of two significant contributing buildings within Chinatown Historic District.
·      Building 330, Fort Shafter, presented to U.S. Army Garrison Hawai‘i, Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District and Alutiiq-Mele, for rehabilitation of the historic building to address termite damage and to comply with current Codes and safety regulations.
·      Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at Kōke‘e, presented to Hui o Laka, for the rehabilitation of the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Complex’s buildings and grounds, creating a fully functioning volunteer service facility, in keeping with the original use in 1938.
·      Ford Island Control Tower, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, presented to Pacific Aviation Museum and Kiewit Building Group Inc., for significant stabilization of the Tower, including lead paint abatement, sandblasting, steel replacement, and application of high performance paint.
·      Fred Baldwin Memorial Home, presented to Templehome Maui and Lumeria Maui, for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the oldest wooden structure on Maui.  The historic structure is now an educational retreat center that connects visitors with the importance of the history and special places of upcountry Maui.
·      Hawai‘i National Bank, presented to Hawai‘i National Bank, John Hara Associates Inc., KJL Associates and Armstrong Builders, LLC, for the rehabilitation of the Kapi‘olani branch bank building that recaptured the character of the original 1951 Hawaiian Life Insurance Building.
·      Hickam Field Entry Gates, presented to Navy Region Hawai‘i and NAVFAC Hawai‘i, for the rehabilitation of the Art Deco Hickam Field Entry Gates sought to restore the exterior appearance of the entry gates leading to Hickam Field as they were originally designed in 1937.
·      Hickam Non-Select Historic Homes, presented to Lend Lease, Navy Region Hawai‘i, NAVFAC Hawai‘i, J.M. Waller Associates, Inc., Mason Architects, Inc. and Charles Pankow Builders Ltd., for the rehabilitation project for historic homes at Hickam Field consisting of preservation and rehabilitation of  89 units. Structurally safe, historically restored, newly insulated, with additional or improved living space make these homes ready for military families to enjoy for many more decades, and a national historic community is preserved for the future
·      Hilo Federal Building & Post Office, presented to General Services Administration, Mason Architects, Inc., Sarwar Structural Engineering Consulting Services, Mechanical Engineers of Hawaii Corporation, Wallace T. Oki, P.E., Inc., Constructors Hawai‘i and URS Corporation, for the repair, alteration & seismic upgrade to the Hilo Federal Building & U.S. Post Office, which once again allows the people of Hilo to experience the renewed beauty of this civic landmark that is now stronger, safer and more resilient.
·      ‘Iolani Palace Gold Room, presented to The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, J.R. Burrows & Company, Spencer Architects, Textiles & Interiors, Scalamandre, Boris Stipanovic, Mark Harpainter, Bob Arkus Custom Upholstery, Inc., Tracy Power Objects Conservation, Artisans Studio, Pace Art Conservation Enterprises, Inc., Jeffrey Griswold, Martin & Macarthur, Linda Hee and Deborah Kraak, for completion of a major period-room restoration through research into original Palace furnishings and 19th century interiors; location and acquisition of original Palace artifacts; implementation of conservation treatments on collection pieces; and fabrication of reproduction textiles.
·      Kaua‘i County Building, presented to County of Kaua‘i, Kaua‘i Historical Society, Mason Architects, Inc., Shioi Construction, Portech Engineering, Martin & Chock, Prepose Engineering Systems, Douglas Engineering Pacific and AMEL Technologies, Inc., for interior and exterior restoration of the historic County building, which was in 1913. It was the first county building constructed in the Territory of Hawai‘i, and an early example of reinforced-concrete building on Kaua‘i.
·      Lunalilo Tomb, presented to King William Charles Lunalilo Trust Estate, Mason Architects, Inc. and Darcey Builders, for the restoration work to the building and grounds of the Gothic Revival style tomb that was completed in 1875 and holds the remains of King William Charles Lunalilo, who passed away in 1874, and his father, Charles Kāna‘ina, who passed away in 1877.
·      Paschoal Hall at Kalaupapa, presented to National Park Service, Mason Architects, Inc., Encore Seating Restorations and The Teecor Group Inc. for interior restoration of the Kalaupapa Social Hall, which was built in 1916 and is a relatively unaltered example of Hawaiian vernacular architecture. The building is a prominent and significant building in the Kalaupapa National Historical Park district and cultural landscape.
·      Wilcox Hall at Punahou, presented to Punahou School, Urban Works, Inc. and Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc., for rehabilitation of the historic character of Wilcox Hall, retaining its original appearance while making it a fully-functional 21st century building.

Centennial Recognitions for organizations, businesses and institutions celebrating their 100th anniversaries.
·      Battery Randolph, O‘ahu
·      Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i
·      First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i
·      Hāna School, Maui
·      Hanalei Pier, Kaua‘i
·      Hanalei, Waikoko, Wai‘oli and Waipa Bridges, Kaua‘i
·      Hawai‘i Hall and First Commencement, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, O‘ahu 
·      Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at Hawai‘i Volcano National Park, Hawai‘i Island
·      Kuali‘i at Mānoa Heritage Center, O‘‘ahu
·      The Outdoor Circle
·      Pālama Settlement, O‘ahu
·      Liliha Shingon Mission, O‘ahu
·      Wai‘oli Hui‘ia Church, Kaua‘i
·      Wo Hing Society Hall, Maui

Quasquicentennial Recognition for organizations observing their 125th anniversary:
·      Bishop Estate/Kamehameha Schools

4th Annual Frank Haines Award presented to Dr. Hallett H. Hammatt 
The annual Frank Haines Award recognizes and honors an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to preserving the history of Hawai‘i.  The 2012 Award is presented to Dr. Hallett H. Hammatt in recognition of over 40 years of work in the fields of archaeology and historic preservation.  Dr. Hammatt is President, Principal Investigator and Founder of Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc.

The honorees were selected by an Awards Committee comprised of professionals in the fields of architecture, history, preservation, planning, landscape architecture, architectural history and media.  Committee members were:
·      Eric Crispin, Ohana Real Estate Investors, LLC
·      Kiersten Faulkner, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
·      Loriann Gordon, Loriann Gordon Landscape Architect
·      Pat Griffin, Griffin Noyes Associates
·      Anna Grune, Mason Architects, Inc.
·      Tanya Gumapac-McGuire, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
·      Frank Haines, Architects Hawai‘i
·      Katie Kissling, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
·      Lorraine Minatoishi, Minatoishi Architects
·      Kam Napier, HONOLULU Magazine
·      Ronald Sato, Helber Hastert & Fee, Planners
·      Tom Young, Group 70 International

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation is a membership-based, nonprofit organization that encourages the preservation of historic sites across the state.  For more information, see