Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Cabinet-level Historic Preservation Award

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has established the Secretary's Historic Preservation Award, a new annual award to recognize outstanding contributions by employees of Federal, State, and Tribal Preservation Offices and Certified Local Governments in historic preservation.

“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.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Preservation, progress clash at university

KPUA.net - KPUA Hawaii News
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.

500,000 ti leaves wanted to restore Kamehameha's roof

KAILUA, Kona, Hawaii — The caretakers of Kamehameha the Great's personal residence in Kailua-Kona want 500,000 ti leaves to restore a roof on one of the buildings.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

UH history blocks gym's way

Preservationists are against plans to raze old buildings to build a recreation center

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.