State Historic Preservation Division

All State Historic Preservation Division Offices will be closed on the following days: June 24, June 25, July 1, and July 2. The State Historic Preservation Division will conduct a four day Workshop with SHPD and DLNR staff, as well as Historic Preservation stakeholders from other agencies and preservation organizations on June 24-25 and July 1-2, 2015.

HONOLULU -- Fans of the annual State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) photographic calendar will find an unique historic journey in the 2015 edition, which highlights the evolution of Hawaii’s financial institutions. Built in an era of expanding prosperity, these institutions represent the optimism and confidence of the new and exciting world dramatically emerging in Hawai‘i, as well as an abiding faith in the future.

ARCHAEOLOGY WEEK EVENTS Archaeology Week is a national program to promote the preservation of our country’s heritage. Sponsored by the SHA, Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week in October to integrate with the organization’s annual conference. The Society for Hawaiian Archaeology (SHA) is a tax-exempt organization established in 1980 to promote and stimulate interest and research in the ...

HONOLULU – The Society for Hawaiian Archaeology (SHA) will present its annual Archaeology Week Conference from Oct. 10 to 12 in Hilo, providing an opportunity for professionals and other interested individuals to explore and experience Hawaiian archaeology. Participants will meet to further the SHA’s goals of directing efforts into more scientific channels and encourage the publication of results; advocating and assisting in the conservation of archaeological data; and discouraging unethical commercialism in the archaeological field and work for its elimination.

HILO, HI – Anyone driving by an open field on the edge of downtown Hilo recently may have spotted several dozen people gathered around holes marked with yellow flags. This was the field exercise for an Archaeological Violation Class sponsored by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD). Combining two and a half days of classroom instruction, police officers from state and federal agencies, prosecutors and archaeologists participated in the field exercise to practice and test their crime scene investigation skills. The class was taught by Archaeological Damage Investigation and Assessment, a Missoula, MT-based company.

HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks has entered into a pilot agreement with Discover Hidden Hawai‘i Tours (DHT) to make available for public use the historic Nutridge House property on the grounds of Pu‘u ‘Ualaka‘a State Wayside, which is located off Round Top Drive and overlooks urban Honolulu in Makiki. Rental availability for functions will help to generate funds to benefit the continued maintenance and preservation of the historic site.

KAHULUI -- The Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) today authorized the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to seek bids to conduct an archaeological inventory survey (AIS) and environmental review (EA) necessary to explore a proposed land exchange agreement between the state and Haleakala Ranch that that the department believes will ensure public access to a disputed hiking trail, and create a new access route to two large forest reserves on the leeward slope of Haleakala.

HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Heritage Center, in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Division within the Department of Land and Natural Resources, has been producing an historic sites calendar since 1984. Their 2014 calendar, titled the “Working Hands of the Makaainana,” addresses the theme of Hawaiian technology and innovation. The beautiful calendar was designed by Viki Nasu Design Group, with Ric Noyle providing magnificent photographs of island scenes rarely viewed by much of the public.

"We appreciate the patience and understanding of residents and visitors that may be affected by this project,” said Dan Quinn, State Parks administrator.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Downer to the post of SHPD administrator,” Aila said, “With extensive experience as director for one of the nation’s largest historic preservation agencies, Downer brings tremendous experience in leadership to the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division. I also believe his qualifications will provide SHPD with much needed direction on working with the National Park Service to meet requirements under its Corrective Action Plan.”