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Friday, September 28, 2012

Public Input Sought Regarding the Protection & Preservation Measures Proposed for Kaho'olawe Petroglyphs

For the Loa‘a or Pōkāneloa Petroglyphs on Kaho'olawe

The Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission has issued an invitation to the public to discuss protection and preservation measures proposed for the Loa‘a or Pōkāneloa Petroglyphs on Kaho'olawe

The island of Kaho‘olawe was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since that time, the island’s archaeological remains have been exposed to the continuing deleterious effects of erosion and weather.  

The Loa‘a or Pōkāneloa Petroglyphs on Kaho'olawe (Feature BU of National Register Site Number 50-20-97-110), is a collection of petroglyphs and cupules located on the top surface of a large flat boulder.  This 3-meter by 4-meter  boulder is located along a severely eroded gulch in the hardpan area of the south eastern quadrant of the  island.  Various studies have been done on the boulder and have suggested that it may possess an archaeoastronomical significance in Hawaiian culture. Public listening sessions will be held on both Maui and O‘ahu in an effort to gather input for a site protection plan from stakeholders and those interested in the management of cultural and historic sites on Kaho‘olawe.

Date: Tuesday, October 16th
Place: DLNR Board Room 132, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Time: 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Place: Pōmaikaʻi Elementary School Dining Facility, 4650 South Kamehameha Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732
Time: 9:00 am till 12:00pm

For more information, please visit or by emailing or by phone at (808) 243-5888.


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Maui Historical Society Events This Saturday, September 29th


Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! and Bailey House Museum's ʻOhana Day 

Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Join us at the Bailey House Museum for free entry (with ticket from Smithsonian Magazine, live entertainment all day featuring kanikapila with Nevah Too Late and Mele Fong, and more.  Come spend the day or a few hours but either way be sure to come back for our evening Hawaiian Moonlight Concert.

Hawaiian Moonlight Concert

Saturday, September 29, 2012, gates open at 6:00 p.m.

George Kahumoku, Jr. and friends will entertain you under the moon and stars with our second installment of this amazing concert.  This time, in conjunction with ʻOhana Day, a suggested donation of $15.00 can be made at the gate with no prior reservation necessary, and coolers will be allowed if you wish to bring a snack.  Soda and water will be available for sale.  Be sure to bring a blanket or low beach chair for the grass seating (seating will be made available for kupuna on a first come first seated basis).  Be sure to check out the local artists who will be there to show off and sell their work.  This is an amazing event, so don't miss it!
Call (808) 244-3326 or email for more information about these events.  Maui Historical Society


Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Hawaii Chapter of Docomomo US to Launch Inaugural Event at Tour 2012 on First Friday, October 5th, in Downtown Honolulu.


Docomomo US, a volunteer group dedicated to preserving and promoting Modernist architecture, will hold its Sixth Annual Tour Day, a nationwide celebration of Modernism. Tour Day 2012 includes architectural tours of modern buildings, interiors, neighborhoods and landscapes, hosted by Docomomo US chapters as well as regional and national affiliate partners.

Tour Day 2012 also marks the inaugural event of Docomomo US Hawaii Chapter.
Based in Honolulu, a hotbed of mid-century Modernism, Tour Day 2012 in the islands will highlight the Hawai‘i  State Capitol, designed by John Carl Warnecke and Belt, Lemmon and Lo and completed in 1969. In his book Buildings of Hawaii, historian and author Don Hibbard cites Frank Haines, FAIA, one of the capitol’s architects as saying “The State Capitol reflects Hawai‘i’s unique status: part of the United States, but not part of North America, being instead part of Polynesia.”  In his opening address to the Hawaii State Legislature in 1969, Gov. John Burns aligned the stunning Capitol’s design to the 50th State’s “free people…open society…welcome (to) all visitors to our Island home.”

Hibbard, architect Dean Sakamoto (and curator of the 2007 Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff, and author of the accompanying catalogue), and other Hawaii Chapter members will conduct a tour of the Capitol and its surrounding district from the Executive Level, 5th Floor Terrace, on Friday, Oct. 5, 5:00-7:00PM. The tour is free and open to the public. Attendees should meet at the ground floor rotunda at 4:45PM. Groups will be escorted up the elevator.

With 38 tours planned in 22 states, Tour Day is one of the nation ‘s largest events promoting architecture, design and our built heritage of the mid-20th century. The Docomomo US Tour Day 2012 features events such as exhibitions, walking tours, bus tours, bike tours and access to structures and sites not regularly open to the public. In addition to its continued partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians, this year’s event features a new partnership with the Paul Rudolph Foundation.  Docomomo US is partnering with the Paul Rudolph Foundation to shed light on the legacy of this American modernist and to advocate for his buildings. Hawaii Chapter member, architect Dean Sakamoto, is an expert on Paul Rudolph’s architectural design influence. He was the director and designer of the 2010 exhibition, Model City: The Architecture of Paul Rudolph at Yale and New Haven.

The Docomomo US Tour Day seeks to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors, neighborhoods and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century. Tour Day invites organizations and people across the country to take stock of significant 20th-century built design in their state, city, region or neighborhood and celebrate that work with Docomomo US in a tour. A complete listing of events for Tour Day 2012 is now available at Follow Docomomo on Twitter: @docomomo_us,#TourDay; and like them on Facebook:

About Docomomo US:
Docomomo (Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement) promotes the study, interpretation and protection of the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern Movement. Docomomo US is an all volunteer group comprised of enthusiasts, historians, architects, designers, students, and preservationists. Regional Chapters promote the goals and mission of the organization through advocacy, education, and outreach aiming to encourage a sense of regional and national pride for the rich legacy of the Modern Movement within the United States.

About Docomomo US Hawaii Chapter:
The new Hawaii Chapter of Docomomo US is comprised of members of key local architectural, design, preservation and museum professionals from the private and public sectors. The Hawai‘i Chapter’s formation was encouraged by Theo Prudon, New York City based architect and head of Docomomo US, who recognized the significant presence of modern architecture, art and planning in the Aloha State. Along with the State Capitol, other modern buildings of note in the islands include the Honolulu International Airport, the East-West Center at the University of Hawai i at Manoa, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, the IBM Building, the Financial Plaza of the Pacific, and First Hawaiian Center.

Building upon this first event, the Hawaii Chapter aims to promote public education on Modernism in the islands; catalogue, preserve, restore and renovate Hawai‘i’s unique modern architecture and public art; identify what aspects of the modern movement are applicable to Hawai‘i’s environment and culture; conduct an oral history project among senior Hawai‘i architects and developers of our modern environments; and build a model Docomomo chapter that also has a lot of fun.


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Friday, September 21, 2012

Named after a Queen, Ka‘ahumanu Church is 180 Years Young

Ka’ahumanu Church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and on the Hawai‘i State Register of Historic Places six years later.

Article by Kekoa Enomoto, published in the June issue of Kepakemapa 2012 (a publication of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs)


Wailuku, Maui — Ka‘ahumanu Church celebrates a 180-year reign at the top of Main Street in historic Wailuku town.
Kahu Wayne Higa salutes “all the küpuna that kept it open for 180 years. We’re just the recipients of those 180 years,” he says.
The church, which sits on the site of a former heiau and part of the royal compound of High Chief Kahekilinui‘ahumanu (circa 1737- 1794), marks the anniversary this month with a daylong fundraiser themed “Restoring Our History.”
The Rev. Jonathan Smith Green held the first worship service there in a shed in 1832 for seven congregants, who grew in number to 3,000 In two years.
That initial year, Häna-born Ka‘ahumanu – favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great; kuhina nui, or queen regent, of the sovereign kingdom of Hawai‘i; and a fervent Christian convert – visited the site and asked that an eventual church structure be named for her. The request was honored when the present sanctuary was built in 1876.
Historians report that in the church cemetery rest John Honoli‘i, a Native Hawaiian who had sailed aboard the ship Thaddeus with the original missionaries in 1820, and Bartimaeus Pua‘aiki, the Blind Preacher of Maui.
Today, Ka‘ahumanu Church offers worship services at 9 a.m. Sundays with hymns in Hawaiian. Also, the church grounds host Pünana Leo O Maui Hawaiian-language immersion preschool. Kahu Higa seeks to refurbish the preschool’s wood-frame building.
With other fundraiser monies, he envisions eventually repairing the foundation and leaning steeple of the nearly two-century-old church. And, plans call for reroofing, waterproofing the exterior and doing historical restoration on pews, windows and front doors.
Moreover, Higa seeks to revive the congregation by inviting community members, especially those whose ancestors may have been congregants – with names like Bailey, Campbell, Hau, Kahale, Purdy and Wirtl.
“We’ve been calling the event ‘Restoring Our History,’ but it’s all more than history. It’s more a restoring of the congregation,”  Higa said about a membership that reportedly has swelled from 30 to 75 in the past two years.
“We truly are a congregation that grew,” he said. “We were down to a handful and almost nothing, to actually coming back to life.” ¢
Kekoa Enomoto is a retired copy editor and staff writer with The Maui News and former Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

You're Invited to the 36th Annual Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace

Daughters of Hawai‘i Invites You to Hānaiakamalama:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Royal Hawaiian Band

Punahou Alumni Glee Club

Jerry Santos and Friends                           

Kaha‘i Topolinski and Hālau Ka Pā Hula Hawai‘i

Bobby Moderow Jr. of Maunalua • Naluhoe • Kualoa

Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, Vicky Holt Takamine, Jeffrey Takamine

Hālau Hula Olana, Olana & Howard Ai

Jewelry, Ni‘ihau Shell Lei, Christmas Ornaments, Books
Classic Treasures Sale, Haku Lei, Photos, Queen Emma Gift Shop

Hala Lei • Kalo (Poi) Pounding • Kapa Beating • Lomilomi

Kāhili Pa‘a Lima • Lauhala • Native Plants

Jams, Jellies & Chutney, Baked Goods, Fudge

Hawaiian Food, Steak, Noodles w/Teri Chix, Crêpes,

Drinks, Shave Ice

$6 adults ~ $1 children (Under 6 Free) Includes Admission to Palace

Turn on Pū‘iwa Road to park on the grass in the Nu‘uanu Park
This is the Daughters of Hawai‘i annual fundraiser in support of
its mission to preserve Queen Emma Summer Palace and Hulihe‘e Palace - phone 595-6291



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Monday, September 17, 2012


By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever, Honolulu Star Advertiser   September 2, 2012

The 1970 bypass road was a successful joint effort by the community and the government to save Haleiwa and the historic North Shore setting.
One of the more memorable visual icons on Oahu is the historic Haleiwa Bridge. Once you've seen its graceful curves and traveled across its narrow roadway, it tends to stick in your mind forever.

Imagine, it might not be there today if it weren't for a group of area residents and the Waialua Community Association.    

The story goes like this: Even in the 1960s Haleiwa had traffic congestion through town, so the state Department of Transportation planned a bypass that could have wiped out wetlands, several historic buildings, part of Haleiwa Beach Park, parking and possibly the bridge itself. It was 1969.

That was when a group of concerned residents stepped forward with an action group, the Haleiwa Environmental Planning Committee. HEPC turned out to be one of the best examples of a community organization working with government that pushed for historic preservation and citizen participation in the land-planning process.

The DOT was adamant that its bypass alignment was the only viable option and, as usual, held public meetings to review its bypass plan  but the result was a petition signed by more than 300 area residents opposing the DOT plan. There was a standoff. HEPC, however, didn't just vigorously resist the DOT but developed its own alternative plan that pushed the bypass farther mauka, avoiding protected wetlands, Haleiwa Beach Park parking and the famed bridge.

A turning point came in 1970 when HEPC set up a booth displaying its plan and soliciting signatures at the popular Haleiwa Sea Spree, pushing against DOT and in favor of HEPC's plan.

Fortuitously, Gov. Jack Burns came by the booth and visited with the HEPC members. Known for his ability to connect with the common person, Burns listened and then agreed to set up a meeting with Lt. Gov. Tom Gill. From that meeting came an agreement from Gill that the state surveyor would meet with the group to review the DOT plan.

A local television station donated its traffic helicopter to take citizens and state officials to view the bypass alternatives from the air.

On board were Joseph Leong, president of the Waialua Community Association, the state surveyor and the architect who prepared the alternative bypass alignment to the DOT.

Over a period of an hour and a half, the copter flew from Weed Junction to Waimea Bay to view and photograph existing ground conditions, topography and the feasibility of the community-proposed bypass route.

Back on the ground, the state surveyor agreed to review the DOT plan and the HEPC plan. He later agreed that the latter appeared more realistic and possibly even less expensive to build.

There was general agreement in 1969 that a bypass of Haleiwa was sorely needed. But the North Shore community was not willing to give up preservation of the historic elements of the town which gives Haleiwa its rural character.

The 1970 bypass road was a successful joint effort by the community and the government to save Haleiwa and the historic North Shore setting.

In further recognition of the special attributes of Haleiwa Town, Mayor Eileen Anderson approved the Haleiwa Special Design District in 1984 providing additional protection of the area.

Today, the North Shore and especially historic Haleiwa Town continue to draw visitors and locals simply because of the wonderful beaches, world-class surf and the natural beauty of the area.
That means ever-increasing traffic and congestion.

Creative solutions are required today to address the North Shore traffic, in particular at Laniakea and other beach areas.

In Haleiwa, current issues include pedestrian walkways, off-street parking and legal visitor accommodations.

Innovative development proposals are needed to manage growth at a moderate pace in Haleiwa while maintaining the rural character of the North Shore in a partnership between government, big land owners and residents.

It was successful in 1969. Can it be done again?

A final note: In recognition of his tireless efforts regarding the citizen-oriented alternative, the Haleiwa Bypass is named after Joseph Leong.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Preservation Funds from National Trust October 1, 2012 Grants Deadline

Are you working with a preservation project that needs seed money to help kick-start its planning efforts? Are you a nonprofit organization undertaking a new educational effort aimed at engaging new audiences in preservation? If the answer to either question is yes, funding might be available from the National Trust Preservation Funds grant program.
Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage    preservation at the local level by providing seed money for planning and education projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private and public sectors.
Grants range up to $5,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar match. Full eligibility requirements and grant guidelines, along with a link to the application, can be found here.
Applications are now being accepted for the October 1, 2012 deadline. Not ready to apply just yet? Don’t worry. The program has three deadlines throughout the year.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Monthly Star Advertiser Column to Highlight Preservation


  It goes without saying that Hawaii is special. Our isolated location, tropical environment and multicultural population make Hawaii a unique place. A good part of that comes from the land itself and our many historic structures.

  This diversity is visible in our architecture, in particular historic buildings. As our cities and towns continue to expand with a growing population, there can be pressure to demolish some of the most symbolic, historic structures and ignore treasured landscapes, without which Hawaii would not be Hawaii.

  Wherever possible, we all must be concerned with preservation of our unique heritage.Often tied to preservation is good land planning. As examples, that means development that recognizes view planes, air flow, mass and placement of structures.

  One of the key ingredients in preservation is citizen involvement. This situation is at its best when concerned citizens work with various government agencies and developers to find good solutions.

  Robert M. Fox, president of Fox Hawaii Inc., studied architecture in California and Japan. He was one of the founders of the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation in 1974 and contributed to a series of historic preservation articles in the 1970s in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

  David Cheever has been in business in Hawaii for more than 40 years; he has worked for Bank of Hawaii and also founded his own marketing consulting firm, David Cheever Marketing. Among the many non­profit boards he has served on include the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the Hawaii Architectural Foundation.

  Articles will run in the Honolulu Star Advertiser the first Sunday of each month. Your comments and ideas are welcome. Email
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa to Host Educational Workshops

Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa to Host Educational Workshops

Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa will host workshops on O‘ahu and Maui for teachers or anyone interested in learning more about the history of Kalaupapa. The workshops are being held in conjunction with exhibits currently on display at ‘Iolani Palace and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Refreshments will be provided.

Anyone interested should complete and return a registration form. To register, complete this form , email, or call ‘Ohana Coordinator Valerie Monson at 573-2746.

Maui Workshop:             Maui Arts & Cultural Center
September 22, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

O‘ahu Workshop:             ‘Iolani Palace
                                    September 25, 5 – 8 p.m.
October 2, 5 – 8 p.m.

The Oahu workshops will start with a guided tour of the exhibit created by Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa that is currently on display at ‘Iolani Palace entitled “A Source of Light, Constant and Never Fading: The Relationship Between the People of Kalaupapa and Hawaii’s Royal Family.”
The Maui workshop will begin with a walk-through of the exhibit, “A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future” on display at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center that features photographs and the words of the people of Kalaupapa and their family members.
More information can be found at:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Arizona Memorial Event Tuesday, 9/11

Reservations required; please call by Monday, September 10 see details below

The role of memorials in preserving collective memory will be the topic of a special presentation on Tuesday, September 11.

The event will be held at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center from 4:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Following an after-hours site visit to the USS Arizona Memorial, attendees will gather in the auditorium for a panel presentation about why our society develops memorials, and the current status of some of Honolulu’s pre-eminent monuments. The gift store and the exhibits will be open till at least 6pm or longer if there is interest. We will be raffling 5 copies of the Hawaii Modernism Book and those that received the post card for the event will receive an additional 10% off purchases from the gift shop. 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Kiersten Faulkner, Executive Director of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. Panelists will include Fung Associates, Inc. to discuss expansion plans for the Memorial at National Memorial Cemetery in the Pacific at Punchbowl; Peter Apo from the Friends of the Natatorium to discuss threats to the Waikīkī War Memorial; and Paul DePrey from the National Park Service to discuss restoration plans for the 50-year-old USS Arizona Memorial. A reception with light pūpū will follow. HHF will hold a drawing for the new book, “Hawai‘i Modern.”

The presentation and tour is jointly sponsored by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the National Park Service.

The event is free and open to public, but reservations are required. Please call 954-8721 to leave your first and last name, email and phone number (please spell out names and email address).  A confirmation will follow later.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Calling All Volunteers: Work Days Planned for Mo’il’ili Japanese Cemetery Beautification Project

“The 1968 memorial to the first Japanese immigrants was hidden away for so many years by a sad chain-link fence. Now the memorial is finally visible to all who drive by or go into the cemetery. The 100+ year-old cemetery is home to over a thousand memorials to individuals and families,” said Laura Ruby speaking on behalf of the Mo’il’ili Community who has received an Awesome Foundation Grant to support the building of the Kuilei-Waiaka bluestone wall. The wall will be 2-2.5 feet high and extend Diamond Head and Ewa from the 2 existing gateposts. The length of the wall will be determined by the number of discarded bluestones found in the cemetery.

 SEPTEMBER 8-9 AND 15-16
8am to 3pm

--mixing mortar and helping make good wall-building decisions
--heavy lifting of football to basketball sized stones and placing them into the wall
--gathering baseball-sized to football-sized stones near the wall construction
--piling small blue and native stones near the wall construction
--raking the soil on both sides of the wall and concrete sub footing

Please bring sunscreen, hat, sensible shoes,
    and if you have them, gloves

--1.5 cu yds. of concrete from Island Ready Mix (or another concrete company)
--10 cu. yds.of concrete
--bags of mortar from City Mill
--lots of bluestone/blue rock and truck hauling
--a curved wrought-iron sign at the entrance
--some irrigation hose to establish and grow the donated plumerias and plants

For more information contact:
Laura Ruby Tel.: 808-947-3641; Email: