02/10/16 – State Historic Preservation Staff to Survey Architecture of Neighborhoods on Kauai, Maui and Hawai‘i

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 in News Releases, State Historic Preservation Division

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release February 10, 2016     

STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION STAFF TO SURVEY ARCHITECTURE
OF NEIGHBORHOODS ON KAUA‘I, MAUI AND HAWAI‘I

Architectural surveys to be a part of the 50th anniversary
of the National Historic Preservation Act

HONOLULU —   Hawaii’s towns and landscapes are changing rapidly. The era of the sugar plantations is coming to a close. The once numerous crack seed, shave ice, and mom and pop stores on small town streets are giving way to big box stores, along with one-lane bridges that were crossed with patience and a “shaka” to other drivers. These old-time buildings, structures and places distinguish our unique Hawai‘i identity, and can provide glimpses into our past that can continue to influence the future landscape of Hawai‘i.

In an effort to identify and document these remaining places, the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) will be surveying residential neighborhoods on Kaua‘i, Maui and Hawai‘i islands, starting in mid-February 2016. The purpose of the surveys is to record what still exists and provide written histories for each area. These surveys will give communities an opportunity to share their stories and explain why a place is important. These stories can then inspire future generations to be as passionate about their history as were those who came before them.

The surveys are funded by the Hawai‘i State Legislature.  In 2015 it appropriated $200,000 for the next two years through Act 89. Surveys will provide communities with historic contexts and documentation of the historic architecture of the islands. Field work is anticipated to be completed by May, which is celebrated as National Historic Preservation month.

Each survey will consist of two parts: first, a team of architectural historians and interns will walk the neighborhoods and photograph specific features of each building; second, a team of architectural historians will do archival research and interviews to create historic contexts for each survey area. Anticipated project survey areas and dates are as follows:

  • February 16-18: Kaua‘i — Hanalei, Kapa‘a, Lihu‘e, and Hanapepe 
  • February 29 –March 2: Maui — Wailuku, Pa‘ia, Hali‘imaile, and Kula
  • March 28 – 30: Hawai‘i island — Hilo and Na‘alehu
  • April 11 – 13: Hawai‘i island — Papa‘aloa and Hawi 

The results of the survey and its associated historic contexts will be made public. The purpose of the surveys is to document buildings, and serve as a starting place for communities interested in exploring their history. The surveys will not list buildings on a historic register, and will not restrict property owners from modifying their buildings. For more information go to http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/shpd/

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Phone: (808) 587-0320

Dan Dennison
Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources
Senior Communications Manager
Office of the Chairperson-Communications Office
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 131
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 587-0407

Dan.w.dennison@hawaii.gov