Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division seeks public input for Hawaii Preservation Plan

The Hawai‘i State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) is gathering public input to assist it as it updates the Hawai‘i Preservation Plan. SHPD has provided an online survey to help evaluate areas of public interest and concern. The survey takes about 10 minutes.

A Preservation Plan is required of every state in order to meet federal mandates
under the National Historic Preservation Act and to qualify states for federal funding of preservation programs. Plans are usually updated in five year cycles; because Hawaii’s plan is overdue, the National Park Service has mandated that a new draft plan be complete by September 30, 2009. The Hawai‘i Preservation Plan was last updated in 2001 and can be found at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/hpd/presplan.htm

The statewide plan is required to achieve broad-based public and professional involvement throughout the state; take into consideration issues affecting the broad spectrum of historic and cultural resources; be based on analysis of resource data and user needs; encourage the consideration of historic preservation within broader planning and environments at the federal, state and
local levels; and is implemented through SHPD operations.

SHPD intends to provide additional opportunities for public input this summer. HHF will provide those dates as they are announced.

This is an opportunity for supporters of historic preservation to share your priorities and concerns directly with the state agency responsible for stewardship of historic sites in Hawaii.