Aloha from the Hawaiʻi State Historic Preservation Division

SHPD is comprised of three branches, Architecture, Archaeology, and History & Culture, and together they collectively strive to preserve and protect Hawaiʻi’s historic identity.  In Hawaiʻi, looking back is an integral part of going forward.  SHPD is a part of ensuring that Hawaiʻi’s treasured past is here for future generations to appreciate and learn from.

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Nominated and Listed Properties on the Hawaiʻi and National Registers of Historic Places. Updated November 12, 2021




Every five years the state updates the Statewide Historic Preservation Plan, which provides focus of efforts to preserve, protect, and manage places important to Hawai`i’s history and culture.

The DLNR State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) announces the first in a series of public meetings for the 2022-2027 Statewide Historic Preservation Plan.

This five-year strategic plan is intended to help create goals for historic preservation in the state and inform the activities of the SHPD. Completion of this plan is required for Hawaiʻi to remain eligible to receive federal funds from the National Park Service. The plan’s purpose is to bring together historic preservation professionals and interested community members to craft ways to better manage historic properties in our state. The plan assesses historic reservation needs, priorities, goals, challenges, and opportunities and will highlight recommendations for future management of historic properties in Hawaiʻi.

Historic properties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Historic buildings
  • Archaeological sites
  • Burials
  • Aviation artifacts
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Historic districts such as Chinatown
  • Loʻi
  • Fishponds
  • Heiau and traditional cultural properties.

Community input is essential to effective historic preservation planning and this plan will be informed by the overall comments from these meetings. All comments related to historic preservation are welcome during these meetings. The comments from these first two scoping meetings will be used to help develop future focused and topical public meetings.

The first meeting is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 PM, Friday, January 14. The link to the meeting will be available on the SHPD website.

If you would like to provide public testimony, please RSVP via the SHPD Preservation Plan email address at by 5:30 PM on January 13. Public testimony will be limited to three minutes. People are encouraged to submit written testimony to the address provided above. While SHPD staff will be unable to answer questions during this meeting, if you write to SHPD with questions ahead of time then they will do their best to get back to you. If you do not wish to testify and simply wish to listen, you do not need to RSVP.

The second meeting will be held in early February (date and time TBD). You may write to the Preservation Plan email address and you will be notified of any upcoming meetings.

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To better understand what the current plan will include, please review the previous plan: Hawaii State Preservation Plan for 2012-2017

Zoom invite:

Topic: SHPD Statewide Historic Preservation Plan public meeting #1

Time: Jan 14, 2022 05:30 PM Hawaii

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 941 2323 9950

Passcode: kE67Tv


RSVP for public testimony (SHPD Preservation Plan email address):

[email protected]




    As part of the State’s efforts to limit transmission of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Hawaiʻi State Historic Preservation Division’s (SHPD) offices are closed to the public until further notice. Communications with SHPD must be done electronically via the Hawaii Cultural Resource Information System (HICRIS).

    To report the inadvertent discovery of a burial site call.

    On Kaua`i please call: (808) 896-0475

    On Hawai`i Island please call: (808) 430-5709

    On Maui please call: (808) 436-6518

    On O`ahu please call: (808) 436-4801 

    Please visit the SHPD website for further information and a list of SHPD contacts here:

    Official notice: COVID 19


I Mua Mondays: Beginning on Monday, April 8, 2019, SHPD will institute “I MUA MONDAYS.” Every Monday, until terminated or suspended in writing by the Administrator, SHPD will be closed to the public; we will not accept meetings, phone calls, emails, or “walk-ins” on Mondays. The SHPD Library will be closed to the public. This policy has been approved at the highest levels in the Administration.

I Mua Mondays will allow SHPD staff to work on critical technical and administrative tasks without interruption. This will eliminate distractions and help us expedite processing of project reviews, and the rest of our essential work. All SHPD staff are required to comply with the policies in this memorandum without exception.

Notice: SHPD library material does not circulate and all research must take place in our offices. Photocopies may be made at $0.50 per printed page per HRS Section 92-21 governing duplication and reproduction fees. The Kapolei office also provides a scanner for your use and you may save scans to a CD/DVD (no thumb drives). All researchers (public, agencies, etc.) must request an appointment. This allows SHPD to determine if the library is available at the requested time or has been previously reserved for a meeting or conference call. Make an appointment to visit the Kapolei library by emailing: [email protected]. SHPD staff are not available to conduct research on behalf of the public, agencies, etc., but SHPD staff are available to: schedule appointments and assist with access/training on the use of the scanner. (2/21/2019)