State Historic Preservation Division

(Honolulu) – Out of an abundance of caution and to facilitate social distancing recommendations, DLNR and its divisions are announcing the following closures to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time of major inconvenience. We intend to reopen parks and facilities as soon as the novel coronavirus is no longer a threat. These steps are being taken to protect all visitors and constituents, as well as our staff, while maintaining a high level of service.”

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES News Release DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR SUZANNE D. CASE  CHAIRPERSON   For Immediate News Release: December 24, 2019   STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION DIVISION MARKS IMPROVEMENT MILESTONES National Park Service Has Lifted Division Status as a “High Risk” Recipient Of Federal Funds   (Kapolei) – The Hawai‘i State Historic Preservation ...
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(HONOLULU) – Vandalism to King Kamehameha III’s Summer Palace at Kaniakapūpū in the spring of 2016 and again this year prompted the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) to install barriers around the crumbling 175-year-old historically and culturally significant structure. It has been on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 1986.

(Honolulu)-The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will be participating in the State of Hawaii Career Fair on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol, 4th Floor Lanai, at 415 S. Beretania Street.

(Honolulu) –Starting on Monday April 8, 2019 and until further notice, the Department of Land and Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) will institute “I Mua Mondays”. On all Monday’s SHPD offices statewide will be closed to the public and SHPD will not accept meetings, phone calls, emails or “walk-ins”. SHPD’s Library will also be closed on “I Mua Mondays.”

(Honolulu) – Maintenance workers with the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources begin the process today of cleaning up from the weekend’s powerful winter storm. Heavy surf and high winds broke nine vessels away from their off-shore moorings on Maui and Molokai. At the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor on Maui six boats ended up on rocks on the shoreline. Two boats came ashore in Kihei one on Molokai.

HONOLULU – The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the formal opening of the Hawai‘i State Capitol. Dedicated on March 15, 1969, the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Hawai‘i Statehood Bill by Congress, the building stands unique among the other 49 state capitol buildings, proclaiming Hawai‘i to be part of the United States, but not part of America.

(Honolulu) - “Global climate change, especially sea level rise, is perhaps the biggest threat to cultural heritage in Hawai‘i, the Pacific and globally,” said Alan Downer, administrator of DLNR’s State Historic Preservation Division.  Historic fishponds, petroglyphs, coastal trails and heiau are among the numerous archaeological sites in Hawai‘i which could be affected in coming years. 

ATTENTION: Hawaiʻi Historic Places Review Board meeting is cancelled for August 24, 2018. Due to Hurricane Lane, the Library Research Request form will be inactive until further notice. Please contact the SHPD office at 808-692-8015 with any questions.

HONOLULU -- A project to revitalize one of only six remaining fishponds on O‘ahu took a significant step forward in the fall with the demolition and removal of two abandoned/condemned residential structures that shared the beach front property along busy Kalaniana‘ole Highway in Niu Valley in east Honolulu. Work at the site of the historic Kalauha‘iha‘i Hawaiian fishpond (also known as Lucas pond) was completed two months earlier than planned. Work to clear the property and restore a more natural state was completed in September.