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WAILUKU » Hawaii is in danger of losing some of its most historically significant buildings, including a Shinto shrine on Maui, warns the nonprofit Historic Hawai'i Foundation.
The Maui Jinsha Shinto Shrine, dedicated in 1915 but painstakingly moved after World War II, needs more than $800,000 in repairs and restoration work, the foundation estimates.
Other endangered sites include remnants of the Ewa Marine Corps Air Station, where nearly 50 aircraft were destroyed and four Marines were killed by Japanese warplanes on Dec. 7, 1941.— Gary Kubota
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As part of the PBS Hawai'i Presents series, "Washington Place: Hawaii's First Home" will air on December 4, 2008 at 8:30pm on PBS Hawai'i.
This 27-minute documentary, produced and written by local filmmaker Robin Lung, focuses on Washington Place's unique history as the long-time home of Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last reigning queen, and the residence of all of Hawaii's past territorial and elected governors until 2002. The film traces the important role the home has played since its origins in 1841 to its recent transformation into a unique living museum that is both open to the public and continuously used by the Governor of Hawai'i for official occasions. Interviews with historians, former First Ladies of Hawai'i and the community give insight into the intimate nature of the home, the poignant impact of visiting the home, and the symbolic role the home plays today as a National Historic Landmark and a reminder of the strength, hospitality, and aloha of the Hawaiian people.
The documentary features an assortment of songs composed by Queen Lili'uokalani whose story provides the emotional backbone to the film and whose spirit continues to resonate within Washington Place itself.
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The Section 106 Essentials is a two‑day course designed for those who are new to Section 106 review or those who want a refresher on its basic operation. Taught by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), this course explains the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which applies any time a federal, federally assisted, or federally approved activity might affect a property listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
By William Cole
Advertiser Military Writer
Two military properties are included on the Historic Hawai'i Foundation's annual list of most endangered historic places in the state, a concern that the organization said can be overcome by preservation and re-use.
The Fort Kamehameha Historic District of 33 early-1900s homes, a general store house, battery Hawkins annex, bandstand, chapel and flagpole at Hickam Air Force Base are being examined by the service for demolition or lease, or movement of the structures elsewhere.
At Kalaeloa, meanwhile, large portions of the former Marine Corps Air Station 'Ewa, hit by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941, are being transferred by the Navy to Texas-based developer Hunt Companies, earning a second spot on the Historic Hawai'i Foundation list for the military because of demolition concerns.
Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of the foundation, said there are ready-made answers to the preservation issues.
The State Historic Preservation Division would like to take over the Fort Kamehameha Historic District, using several of the homes for offices and the others for the storage of iwi, or bones, and other items, officials said.
In the case of 'Ewa Field, historically significant areas can be incorporated into future development plans, Faulkner said.
"Those are fairly straightforward and easy solutions," Faulkner said.
The last Shinto Shrine on Maui and the oldest buildings at the century-old University of Hawai'i campus also are on the foundation's list of the state's most endangered historic sites for 2008.
"The nine sites vary by historic era, architectural style and original purpose," Faulkner said. "But they all contribute to our understanding of Hawai'i's history. The historic places we preserve, and the people whose stories they tell, make Hawai'i what it is."
Faulkner said the list is intended to draw attention to threats to historic places from neglect, natural disaster or deliberate demolition, and to encourage community action to reverse those threats.
The 2008 list includes six locations on O'ahu, and one each on Moloka'i, Kaua'i and Maui.
Faulkner said military bases are under orders from the Defense Department to reduce their inventory and footprint of property deemed "excess."
"All of the military is under tremendous pressure to reduce their inventory and their maintenance costs because all of the money is going to the wars," Faulkner said.
"The military owns and manages and is steward of some of the most important historic resources in Hawai'i, and they do not have the money to take care of them."
In the case of the Fort Kamehameha Historic District, the Air Force is putting together an environmental impact statement to examine the ramifications of demolishing, leasing or moving the homes.
According to the Air Force, the Defense Department in 1984 determined that the housing and associated structures in Fort Kamehameha were eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A former Army coastal artillery post, Fort Kamehameha originally included five artillery batteries, officers' housing, barracks and other structures.
The Air Force said all of the homes were constructed in about 1916, and that "the handmade appearance of the homes in the shoreline setting manifests the rural lifestyle of the era."
The homes were vacated by August, Faulkner said, after the Air Force determined that living in the homes was a safety hazard because of their proximity to runways at Honolulu International Airport.
The Air Force said the majority of the Fort Kamehameha housing is within a mile to a mile and a half of the runways, which places it in an "Accident Potential Zone 1" safety zone.
Although Faulkner said there have been no aircraft-related accidents, the Air Force said in documents pertaining to the historic district that the commander of the 15th Airlift Wing at Hickam "views this as an unnecessary safety risk."
"They haven't been able to give us a good explanation of what are the changed circumstances that made this an issue now," Faulkner said.
An Air Force official at Hickam said the environmental examination is ongoing. The base did not respond to a request for further comment.
Faulkner said several of the homes are outside the accident zone, and the State Historic Preservation Division wants to use those as offices. Nancy McMahon, the state's deputy historic preservation officer, said most of the buildings would be used as "curation facilities."
Faulkner said the Air Force "has given every indication that they see this (the lease proposal) as a good solution," in part because the service wouldn't have to incur the demolition costs.
But because the Air Force still is looking at demolition as a possible alternative, Fort Kamehameha is on Historic Hawai'i's most endangered historic places list, Faulkner said.
At Kalaeloa, the Navy plans to transfer 499 acres to Ford Island Properties, including a large portion of 'Ewa Field, one of the first U.S. bases to be attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.
Ford Island Properties is part of the Texas-based Hunt Companies.
The State Historic Preservation Division, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Historic Hawai'i Foundation all have raised red flags over the land transfer, saying more needs to be done to preserve the history of the military land.
'Ewa Beach historian John Bond wants to preserve portions of the Marine Corps air station, but Ford Island Properties' plans for the land remain unclear.
Japanese fighters attacked 'Ewa Field minutes before Pearl Harbor, and four Marines were killed.
Bond is trying to line up support for a preservation plan.
"I'd say we're making a lot of unofficial, good progress," Bond said. "We haven't yet made the official progress."
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New Streamlined Process Permits Online Nominations
Washington, DC (October 1, 2008) – The National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations – which can now be submitted online – for its 2009 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places® list. This annual list highlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage. Nominations are due on Friday, December 5, 2008. The 2009 list will be announced on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.
"The America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list has been a powerful wake-up call, alerting people to treasures in trouble and rousing efforts to save them," said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "This list has helped save some very significant pieces of our nation’s heritage, and we’re extremely proud of that fact – but past successes are not enough. Important historic sites are still in danger, and we must continue to protect the places that tell America’s story."
America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places® Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has used its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places as a powerful alarm to raise awareness of the serious threats facing the nation’s greatest treasures, and it has become one of the most effective tools in the fight to save the country’s irreplaceable architectural, cultural and natural heritage. The list, which has identified 200 sites through 2008, has been so successful in galvanizing preservation efforts across the country and rallying resources to save one-of-a-kind landmarks that, in just two decades, only six sites have been lost.
For additional information, e-mail 11Most@nthp.org or call 202-588-6141. To learn more about the program and to submit a nomination, visit: www.PreservationNation.org/issues/11-most-endangered.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, 9 regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories. For more information, visit www.PreservationNation.org.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
“I have created the Secretary’s award to recognize, for the first time, the accomplishments of individual employees, rather than those of programs or projects,” said Kempthorne.
“We know it’s the employees behind the programs who make a difference and we want to highlight their exceptional contributions and actions above and beyond the call of duty that have helped further the cause of historic preservation.”
Applications and information are online. Deadline: October 20, 2008.
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By Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) _ University of Hawaii administrators are running into resistance to plans for a modern fitness center and gym on the Manoa campus. The university wants to tear down four structures that make up the old engineering quad. They include the second-oldest building on campus.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Better fitness, recreation and campus life for students? Or preserving the University of Hawaii's history?
That is the dilemma facing administrators at UH-Manoa after plans for a new $38 million fitness center and gym next to the Campus Center ran into opposition from historic preservationists who say the university should not destroy the second-oldest building on campus in the name of progress.
But to build the two-story 56,000-square-foot facility, the university also plans to tear down the four old Engineering Quad buildings, including the Beau Press building, which was built in 1915.
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HAWAII’S LEGACY LAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR UP TO $4.7 MILLION IN LAND ACQUISITION FUNDING
HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Legacy Land Conservation Program (LLCP) is seeking applicants for grants from the State Land Conservation Fund to fund the protection, through acquisition, of lands having value as a resource to the State of Hawaii.
“The intent of these grants is to contribute to the protection and conservation of unique cultural, natural, historical, and recreational resources that have value to people of Hawai‘i,” said Laura Thielen, Chairperson of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR).
State agencies, county agencies, and non-profit land conservation organizations may apply for funding. The LLCP provides a source of funding for the conservation of watersheds; coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access; habitat protection; cultural and historic sites; recreational and public hunting areas; parks; natural areas; agricultural production; and open spaces and scenic resources.
Proposed projects may include acquisition of fee title or conservation easements. County agencies and non-profit project applicants must be able to provide at least 25 percent of the total project costs.
The 2008 application cycle will provide up to $4.7 million in grants through a competitive process. Project applications will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, which will nominate projects for funding.
Projects are subject to the approvals of the Land Board, Attorney General and the Governor.
Earlier this year, BLNR approved and Governor Lingle released $4.7 million from the Land Conservation Fund to one county and four non-profit land conservation organizations to acquire and protect five properties on Maui, Kaua‘i, Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i and O‘ahu that have value as natural or cultural resources to the state.
The 2008 LLCP Grant Application and instructions are available at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/llcp starting August 1, 2008. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., HST, on September 15, 2008.
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August 1, 2008
By Leanne Ta
Advertiser Staff Writer
The Falls of Clyde, formerly a main attraction in Honolulu Harbor, will be sunk next month unless a buyer comes forward with the millions of dollars needed to save it, the Bishop Museum said yesterday.
Plans to sink the 128-year-old ship, which has been serving as a centerpiece for the museum's Maritime Center, could be carried out in a matter of weeks, according to Blair Collis, vice president and chief operating officer of the museum.
Unless someone comes forward by Sept. 1 with a plan to save and restore the vessel, it will be sunk 15 miles off Honolulu Harbor, museum officials said.
"We don't want to dispose of the vessel but it's a very difficult situation," Collis said.
The museum is spending several hundred thousand dollars each year on insurance, labor costs and supplies associated with maintaining the ship, which has been closed to the public since last year, he said.
"This is a burden the museum is unable to continue to bear," he said.
Workers yesterday were preparing the ship to be towed from the harbor. A U.S. Coast Guard team will do a safety inspection today to make sure the ship, which has been stripped of its masts and rigging, is in proper condition to be moved from its berth at Pier 7.
Tentative plans had been set earlier this week to sink the ship on Tuesday. The museum had already contacted the Coast Guard to prepare for that.
Some members of the community, however, were outraged, saying that museum directors had "given up" on the ship. The Friends of the Falls of Clyde, a loosely organized group that has been trying to save the decrepit ship, said yesterday that it will make a last-ditch effort to save the vessel. The group is in the process of registering itself as a nonprofit organization.
"We're not giving up," said member Chris Woolaway. "There are people out there who are working really hard to find solutions to save her."
For about a month and a half, members of the group have been meeting with Bishop Museum officials once a week to negotiate the fate of their beloved ship.
Woolaway and others are working to raise awareness about the museum's plans to sink the ship. They hope that public outcry can "slow down the process," she said.
"This is a part of our history, and it has international interest, too. If they sink her, well, that's it," she said. "If she's gone, she's gone."
The Falls of Clyde is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Before it was de-rigged last month, it held the distinction of being the world's last remaining four-masted, steel-hulled, full-rigged ship.
"We've been talking to the Bishop Museum under the assumption that they were negotiating in good faith. Then all of a sudden word came down that they have plans to scuttle the ship on Tuesday," Woolaway said.
"There's now a feeling of distrust" among the negotiating parties, she said.
As of yesterday afternoon, neither the Friends of the Falls of Clyde nor the Coast Guard had been informed that the museum had decided to delay the Tuesday sinking.
The date was changed yesterday when museum officials became aware that three different parties are interested in adopting the ship. Two of the parties are from Hawai'i, while the third is an individual from Australia, said Collis, who declined to identify the parties.
"The situation changes quite rapidly," Collis said. "We don't have a new date set for its sinking but it could be set for later in the week, later in the month or beyond."
Collis said that the individual from Australia — dubbed by those involved as a "white knight" and ship's savior — provided a detailed memorandum at about 1 a.m. yesterday, which prompted a decision to push back the sinking of the ship.
"I've asked him to fly up here immediately, and I think he understands the urgency of the situation," Collis said.
No formal agreements have been signed yet, and museum officials have yet to meet with the man, whose name was not released.
Joseph Lombardi is project manager with Ocean Technical Services, which has been hired by the museum to get the ship ready to be towed out of the harbor, whether it's sunk or sold.
The firm conducted a structural survey that concluded it would cost $24 million to $32 million to restore the ship to "a level of presentability at which the public can be aboard," Lombardi said.
If someone were to come forth with a plan to transfer the ship, it would cost upwards of $9 million just to stabilize the ship for offshore towing, he said.
Transferring the ship to Australia would require putting it in drydock, which would cost millions more, he said.
Meanwhile, workers continue to prepare the ship for a possible final fate, 1,800 feet down in the ocean.
"Right now, because we don't know what the 'white knight' is all about, we're going to have to assume that we're going to sink the ship," Lombardi said.
"We've already cleared the ship of 250 cubic yards of debris, stabilized its curatorial items, and taken its rigs down to make her more stable.
"She's in really tough shape, and I think she knows her days are limited."
The leaky vessel is currently being kept afloat by shore-based electrical pumps.
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The Air Force has issued a notice that it intends to dispose of the Fort Kamehameha Historic District at Hickam Air Force Base by the end of 2009.
The options for disposal include adaptive use, relocation and demolition. The Air Force is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project. The public is invited to a scoping meeting for the DEIS on Thursday, July 8, 2008, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Āliamanu Elementary School, 3265 Salt Lake Boulevard.
Fort Kamehameha was built in 1916 and originally consisted of both residential and non-residential sections. There are 33 homes in the Bungalow/Arts and Crafts style that are located on Hickam Air Force Base, adjacent to Pearl Harbor. The homes are in two styles, four in a large H shaped plan and 29 in a smaller U shaped footprint. Over time, the non-residential area was demolished and now only the Chapel, bandstand, original post flag pole and batteries remain from the non-residential area.
The official notice of the proposed undertaking notes that, “the handmade appearance of the homes in the shoreline setting manifests the rural lifestyle of the era. Some of the distinguishing features include: moss rock foundation walls and piers, board and batten siding, exposed eave rafters, …hip roofs that originally had wood shingles, diamond pattern muntins in the front center glass window, … and wood panel doors with brass hardware.”
The homes are located in an intact residential context with a graceful neighborhood feel of mature trees, large expanses of grass and open space, access to the waterfront, and a children’s playground. A burial vault houses iwi of kupuna who were disinterred during the construction of the nearby Pearl Harbor wastewater treatment plant. The vault is maintained and visited by Native Hawaiian Organizations with cultural and lineal ties to the area. The entire area is a high-sensitivity zone for probable additional native Hawaiian burials. The last of the residential occupants will vacate the homes by August.
The proposal to dispose of Fort Kamehameha is the result of an Air Force regulation that limits the uses that can occur along the flight path of runways at nearby Honolulu International Airport, which shares the runways with the Air Force and Hawai‘i Air National Guard. The Accident Potential Zone (APZ) regulates and restricts uses. At Fort Kamehameha, 29 houses and the chapel are located within APZ 1, which allows some structures, but not residential, office, commercial or other uses with regular occupancy. Uses such as parks or recreation are also restricted.
The Air Force is interested in finding a new tenant to use the buildings for storage or warehousing in place, subject to its security and access limitations, with maintenance and upkeep at the expense and the responsibility of the tenant. Alternatively, the Air Force will consider allowing the buildings to be relocated to another location or demolished. The DEIS will also include an alternative for long-term caretaker status of the buildings, preserving them in place without a user, to maintain options for the future.
For more information, contact Ms. Tiffany Patrick at 808-449-3197, or via mail to 15 CES/CEVP NEPA Program Technical Support, 75 H Street, ldg. 1202, Hickam AFB, HI 96853.
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By Elizabeth Benjamin Online Only June 13, 2008
"The belief that inclusion on the register renders historic structures or sites impervious to demolition or change is a widely held misconception, as is the idea that owners are restricted from making alterations to properties once they're listed. "
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Blair Collis, Vice President of Operations at Bishop Museum noted that while the museum works to find another owner or supporter for the ship, it will engage in several near-term actions, which are required for either taking the ship to dry dock for repairs or for ultimate disposal. He said that topspar on the third mast will be removed and stored on the deck for safety. Loose items and artifacts will be removed and stored. Photo documentation of the ship will be done at every stage.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] Sec. Sec. 4321-4347), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA Regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and the United States Air Force's (Air Force) Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP) (32 CFR Part 989), the Air Force is issuing this notice to advise the public of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The EIS will assess the potential environmental consequences of a proposal to define final disposition of housing units and associated structures known as the ``Fort Kamehameha Historic District''; an area on Hickam AFB, O'ahu, Hawai'i, eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in accordance with Section 110(a)(2) of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
Alternatives currently identified for evaluation would include various options that fall under the five categories of: adaptive-use; relocation; deconstruction and salvage; demolition; and the No Action alternative. Any Proposed Action could include a single action, or combination of actions, under the five categories above. Sub-actions under these categories may include: leasing; sale; transfer to another government agency; and retention by the Air Force. Compliance with the NHPA will be done through consultation under Section 106 of 36 CFR Part 800.
DATES: The Air Force will hold a scoping meeting to solicit public input concerning the scope of the Proposed Action and alternatives, as well as to help identify other concerns and issues to be addressed in the environmental analysis. The scoping meeting will be held Thursday, July 8, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Aliamanu Elementary School, 3265 Salt Lake Boulevard, Honolulu, HI.
ADDRESSES: Federal, state, and local agencies, and interested groups and persons are invited to attend the scoping meeting. All are encouraged to provide comments on the proposed action either at the scoping meeting or by mail, postmarked by July 21, 2008 to ensure proper consideration in the environmental impact analyses.F
OR FURTHER INFORMATION: Direct written comments or requests for further information to: Ms. Tiffany Patrick, 15 CES/CEVP NEPA Program Technical Support, 75 H Street, Bldg. 1202, Hickam AFB, HI 96853, Ph: (808) 449-3197.Bao-Anh Trinh,Air Force Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8-13845 Filed 6-18-08; 8:45 am]B
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Study finds buildings ill-suited, costs high, owners unenthusiastic
May 30, 2008
By mary Vorsino
Advertiser Urban Honolulu Writer
Four years after the City Council voted to allow loft apartments in Chinatown for the first time since World War II, a new study on why so few residential lofts have actually been created recommends more incentives for landowners, including property tax exemptions.
It also says the housing stock in Chinatown is ill-suited to the creation of affordable lofts for artists, since many of the buildings are small and would need considerable work to be suitable for residential use. It suggests looking instead to nearby Iwilei or Kaka'ako for buildings to house upper-floor residential lofts.
The study, conducted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, surveyed landowners and artists — presumably the population most likely to take advantage of lofts — and also looked at conditions in Chinatown to figure out why more upper-floor spaces haven't been converted to residential use.
The report concluded the economics of turning second- and third-story spaces into lofts just doesn't pencil out for many landowners, especially given the high prices they can get for upper-floor office space without investing any money.
The study, released today, says other big barriers to creating lofts include a "lack of housing leadership" and no apparent agreement on Chinatown's future, along with regulatory hurdles for landowners.
The study says the only significant loft project that appears to be under way in Chinatown is at the Mendonca Building, where owners Ernie and JoDee Hunt are planning to invest about $400,000 to renovate upper-floor space for 10 lofts for artists. The affordable units will open this year.
The study said that, "It is unclear whether the redevelopment of the Mendonca Building is just one willing property owner, or a true symbol of change. There does not appear to be a consensus among Chinatown property owners that housing is a good use for their buildings. In fact, several owners specifically indicated that they preferred commercial tenants."
an exception to rule
Ernie Hunt, co-owner of Mendonca, agreed that residential lofts aren't a perfect fit for all Chinatown landowners. He said he wanted to put in the lofts because he believes having artists living in Chinatown will help the community.
He also expects the venture to make economic sense, eventually.
"We're doing it for the art community," he said.
Setting up lofts in Chinatown was seen as a key way of revitalizing the community back in 2004, when the City Council approved regulatory changes that would allow landowners to set up residential spaces above ground-level businesses. Many still see residential lofts as a major revitalization tool.
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Ed Korybski, the executive director of the Culture and Arts District Association in Chinatown, said more people living in Chinatown would help reduce crime and increase community pride.
"The biggest benefit is so that you have more eyeballs on the street," he said. "If you live there and you see something disreputable happening, you're likely to call the police."
The association asked the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the lofts study. Korybski said it's unclear where the association will go from here, but at least it has a clear idea of the issues involved.
The 41-page report makes several recommendations on how to encourage upper-floor residential living in Chinatown, including offering tax exemptions to property owners, setting up a city or private "one-stop shop" where people can get information on the regulatory issues involved in offering lofts, and coordinating the efforts of different agencies to promote loft living.
But the study also says that Chinatown is small, and the opportunities for creating lofts are much more limited compared to other cities. The boundaries of the Chinatown Special Historic District comprise about 15 blocks, and include about 150 parcels, 19 of which are owned by the city.
costs a deterrent
Also, the existing buildings in Chinatown are ill-suited for residential loft space, since many have no access to the upper floors except through the ground level retail space, said Lauri Michel, vice president for community revitalization at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an author of the study.
The buildings are also small and need significant work.
A survey of 10 Chinatown landowners for the study found all of them had empty upper-floor spaces, and were interested in renting to commercial tenants.
Only four also expressed an interest in seeking residential tenants.
The landowners said the biggest challenges in renting residential lofts includes the considerable infrastructure upgrades required, putting in parking, and having to a pay a park dedication fee for converting even a single unit from office to residential. They also said residential tenants are harder to manage.
Robert Gerell, a real estate expert who was on the mayor's Chinatown/Downtown Task Force in 2004 and was a strong proponent of allowing lofts in the community, said the city failed to look at the regulatory barriers to setting up lofts. Add the park fee and the parking requirement to the cost of renovating an upper-floor unit (which often must be brought up to code) and setting up residential lofts no longer makes economic sense, Gerell said.
Still, Gerell said he has hope residential lofts will start cropping up in Chinatown "as a way to bring more vibrancy and occupancy" to the community.
The study's survey of about 200 artists showed they were interested in residential space in Chinatown but had trouble finding any. The biggest barriers, they said, were affordability, a lack of interest among landowners and a lack of space big enough to both work and live.
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The program will recognize stewardship programs that have demonstrated a successful use of volunteer time and commitment in order to help care for our cultural heritage. Government entities (federal, tribal, state, or local), non-profit organizations, and businesses are eligible to apply to have their programs recognized.
The application form and guidance is attached and is also available at www.preserveamerica.gov. While the quarterly schedule for submissions makes June 1st the next deadline, we encourage applicants to submit applications at any time over the summer if they are interested in being among the first programs to be designated as Preserve America Stewards.
To be designated, applicants must demonstrate that their programs provide individual volunteers with opportunities to contribute in direct and tangible ways to the preservation, protection, and promotion of historic properties; address an otherwise unfilled need in heritage preservation through the use of volunteer effort; and demonstrate innovative and creative use of volunteer assistance in areas such as youth involvement, volunteer training, public education, and public/private partnerships.
Designated programs will receive a certificate of recognition as well as a letter of congratulations signed by Mrs. Bush, similar to the existing Preserve America Community recognition program. The organizations and agencies will also be listed in an online directory, with links to their own Web sites, contact information, and information for potentially interested volunteers about getting involved.
Other benefits will include listing in a joint Preserve America/Take Pride in America national database of volunteer heritage resource stewardship opportunities; use of the Preserve America logo in public outreach and promotional activities; enhanced access to existing technical assistance resources that may be helpful in the development, management, and ongoing support of a local volunteer stewardship program; periodic selection in a “Program Highlights” feature on the Preserve America and Take Pride in America Web sites; and consideration for further national recognition through existing annual volunteer service awards sponsored by the federal government.
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The demolition of the landmark Varsity Theatre in Moiliili is a striking blow to that community. It is an example of anticipatory demolition, where a new property owner acquired a site with known historic resources, which it then failed to maintain and has now destroyed in favor of a parking lot.
Adding insult to injury is the lack of communication with either the preservation community or local stakeholders who cherished the building as a community anchor and who were actively interested in helping find a plan for its reuse and rehabilitation. Both the outcome and the process are shameful.
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Preservationist championed isle landmarks
By Susan Essoyan email@example.com
Nancy Bannick's legacy lives on in the charm of historic Chinatown, the wide-open feel of Kapiolani Park and the sounds of violins at Blaisdell Concert Hall.
Without her dogged advocacy and personal generosity, they literally might not be there.
The journalist, preservationist and patron of the arts will be remembered at a service Thursday at 3 p.m. at Central Union Church. She died Tuesday at age 81.
"I've never encountered anyone who as a purely private individual has had such an impact on the community they live in," said Michael Titterton, president and general manager of Hawaii Public Radio, one of Bannick's many causes.
Bannick had been ill for several months, but to the end, she was placing calls and pecking at her typewriter despite the pain in her hands, plugging the Honolulu Symphony as well as efforts to keep the Ossipoff-designed Hawaii State Medical Library from the wrecking ball.
Bannick was born in Iowa and grew up in Rochester, Minn., where her father was a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. She graduated from Stanford University with a journalism degree and moved to Honolulu in 1950, where she joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
As Hawaii editor for Sunset magazine from 1952 to 1974, she spotlighted what was distinctive about the islands, and she went on to devote her life to Hawaii's special nature.
"She was an early preservationist before it was front-of-mind for a lot of people," said Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of Historic Hawaii Foundation, where Bannick was a charter member.
Bannick led the battle to block bulldozers from destroying Chinatown "back when no one thought Chinatown was worth saving," said Wes Kinder, her friend and neighbor for 50 years in a building bordering Kapiolani Park. "She never gave up on the Natatorium even though it didn't look promising. With Nancy, there was no such thing as 'can't do.'"
A board member of the Kapiolani Park Preservation Society, Bannick was passionate about keeping the park free and open to the public as intended by King Kalakaua, without allowing the commercialism of Waikiki to encroach upon it. She loved the gnarled beauty of its thornless kiawe trees, some nearly 100 years old, said horticulturalist Heidi Bornhorst.
Bannick helped persuade officials at City Hall to create a concert hall and later pumped life into the Honolulu Symphony when its future was in jeopardy. A charter supporter of Hawaii Public Radio since it was launched in 1981, Bannick also is credited with helping keep it alive through some tough years.
"She was a tiny person, but she was huge in determination," said David Cheever, a fellow preservationist and co-author. "She was brusque, and some people could be offended by that. I don't think Nancy had any time for herself. She didn't have time for anybody who wasted her time."
A talented writer and photographer, Bannick was co-author with David and Scott Cheever of "A Close Call: Saving Honolulu's Chinatown." She was also the chief contributor to "Pohaku: The Art and Architecture of Stonework in Hawaii."
"She lived modestly, but she gave generously to all causes," said Kinder, a retired architect who worked with Bannick to preserve Diamond Head from development and often swam with her.
"Not only did she give money, she gave time. She worked and worked and worked. If you wanted something done, you gave it to Nancy."
Other nonprofits Bannick supported included Chamber Music Hawaii, Hawaii Opera Theatre and the Contemporary Museum.
"In all honesty, we're still trying to adjust to the reality of a world without Nancy in it," said Titterton. "When you're around somebody like Nancy, it's like the sun coming up in the morning. She was a force of nature, an absolute force of nature."
Obituary: Nancy Bannick / 1926-2008 starbulletin.com News /2008/02/24/
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