Friday, October 30, 2009

World War II-era home on Pearl Harbor’s landmark Ford Island

An extensive team of experts goes to great lengths to preserve a historic Pearl Harbor home.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Society for Hawaiian Archaeology

Temp. Field. Tech.'s needed at Kalaupapa NHP

Kalaupapa National Historical Park is seeking two field technicians to assist with an archaeological inventory survey. Hourly pay is $16.04 plus a 25% COLA (Cost of Living Allowance). The positions are considered ‘emergency-hires’ for 30 calendar days with a possible 30- calendar day extension. Applicants will be required to pass a background check, which typically takes 2-4 weeks. Fieldwork is projected to begin in December.

Time off will have to be Leave Without Pay, although there will likely be Overtime Pay opportunities during the employment tenure.

Kalaupapa is an isolated duty station on the island of Molokai, in a settlement of 110 people with NO road access. Access can only be made by air or by a 2.4 mile 1600’-foot trail. Applicants must be aware of the sensitivities and regulations of resident-patients. Housing will be provided for the duration of employment. The housing situation may require field technicians to share housing and/or a room.

PREFERENCE FOR HANSEN’S DISEASE PATIENTS AND NATIVE HAWAIIANS: Preference in hiring is granted to Kalaupapa Hansen’s Disease patients and to Native Hawaiians who meet the qualification requirements for this position. (For the purposes of this preference, “Native Hawaiians” are persons who are not less than one-half of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to the year 1778.)

Previous work experience in Hawaii is necessary. Applicants must consider themselves physically fit and meet the qualifications for a GS-7, Archaeological Technician position. Qualifications for the GS-7 are provided below.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: You must meet one of the following:

Possess at least one year of technical experience, equivalent to the
GS-6 grade level (or higher) in the Federal service. (Federal employees
at grade GS-6 perform, under general supervision, difficult and
responsible subordinate technical work in a professional, scientific, or
technical field, requiring considerable training, a broad working
knowledge of a special and complex subject matter, and exercise
independent judgment to a considerable extent.) To be qualifying,
this experience must be in, or related to the line of work of this
position (archeology) and must have equipped you with the necessary
knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of
this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
conducting archeological surveys using compass, topographical map, and
aerial photographs; documenting archeological sites on standard site
record forms; assisting in planning, preparation, and execution of
archeological surveys and site excavations; collecting data from surveys
or excavations; preparing field notes and sketch maps; recovering,
identifying, and cataloging artifacts; ensuring archeology work
assignments are carried out in a safe, timely manner according to
established standards and procedures; maintaining archeological site
records; utilizing word processing software and databases to prepare
technical summary reports, perform queries, input, and retrieve data.

Successful completion of 1 year of graduate education or an internship
in archeology. One year of full-time graduate education is considered
to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined
to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be
obtained, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) is considered as
satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time
graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to
a year of full-time study at the school attended.

If you do not qualify on experience or graduate education alone, an
equivalent combination of such experience and education as described in
A and B above are also qualifying. Graduate education must include
courses directly related to archeology. Experience and graduate
education should be computed as a percentage of the overall requirements
and must equal 100% when combined. For example, 6 months of specialized
experience equates to 50% of the required 1 year. Nine semester hours
of graduate education equates to 50% of the education requirement. When
combined, these percentages total 100%.

Please be detailed when describing your experience in your resume. If you have previous federal archaeological experience, please state that as well.
Send resumes and availability dates ASAP to the email address provided below.

Erika Viernes Stein
Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Friday, October 23, 2009

Preserve America Stewards Program

The next quarterly deadlines for submitting applications to the Preserve America Stewards program are December 1, 2009, and March 1, 2010. Preserve America Stewards is a federal program which recognizes organizations and agencies that successfully use volunteers to help care for our historic properties. Preserve America Stewards receive a designation letter and certificate of recognition signed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

To date, programs have been recognized for a range of volunteer efforts. Some designated organizations address preservation and interpretation of historic buildings, such as the Oberlin Heritage Center in Ohio and Cornerstones Community Partnerships, which works to preserve historic adobe buildings of the Southwest. Several Preserve America Stewards have been recognized for their volunteer archaeological site monitoring, including New Mexico SiteWatch and Bateaux Below, Inc., which works to preserve shipwrecks in New York’s Lake George. The United States Lighthouse Society has been designated for its preservation of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, and the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County, Indiana, has been recognized for its South Bend Historic City Cemetery Project.

To be designated, applicants must demonstrate that their programs:
- provide 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 efforts; and
- demonstrate innovative and creative use of volunteer assistance in areas such as youth involvement, volunteer training, public education, and public/private partnerships.
Non-profit organizations, government entities (federal, state, local, or tribal), and businesses are eligible to seek designation for their programs.

Preserve America Stewards is administered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Department of the Interior. An application form and further information is available at

Druscilla J. Null
Senior Program Analyst
Office of Preservation Initiatives
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
(202) 606-8532


The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is pleased to announce the following 2010 scholarships:

SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship To support graduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $10,000).

SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship To support undergraduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $5,000).

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship or NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training To support archaeological training or a research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs (up to $4,000).

These scholarships are intended for current students-high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students-and personnel of Tribal or other Native cultural preservation programs. High school students must be currently enrolled as seniors to be eligible. Undergraduates and graduate students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university. These scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.

The application form is available online at:>. The complete application must be received by DECEMBER 15. A single email with all the application materials attached must be emailed to:>.

If you have questions about these scholarships or you need help with locating a field school or other training program, please contact the Society for American Archaeology at: telephone +1 (202) 789-8200; fax +1 (202) 789-0284; or email>. Your questions will be relayed to someone who can assist you.

Angela Neller, M.A, Curator
Wanapum Heritage Center
Grant County PUD
15655 Wanapum Village Lane SW
Beverly, WA 99321
(509) 754-5088 x2532
(509) 754-5020 fax

Monday, October 5, 2009

Now Six Natatorium Task Force Members Recommend Restoration

Three more of the Mayor's Task Force Members, Hannie H. Anderson, Art A. Caleda and Brian L. Keaulana recommended restoration of the Natatorium in the dissenting opinion submitted to the Mayor today.  They join Fred W. Ballard, Oahu Veterans Council Executive Director; Donna L. Ching, Friends of the Natatorium Vice President and Kiersten Faulkner, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Executive Director in recommending the restoration of the memorial.  The seventeen member task force appointed by the Mayor voted 9-3 in favor of demolition at its September 25th meeting.  Anderson, Caleda and Keaulana were not present for that vote.

The text of the dissenting opinion follows.

Mayor’s Natatorium Task Force
Dissenting Opinion

Stabilizing the pool is the most fiscally, environmentally and morally sensible course of action.

COST: Stabilizing is cheaper than demolishing
The City estimates it will cost $14 million to stabilize the Natatorium and preserve long-term options. Furthermore, stabilization would retain the use of essential restrooms and parking and add access to the now-closed bleachers where people could sit and enjoy a panoramic view of Mamala Bay and Waikīkī.

Demolition of the entire structure, including loss of the restrooms, bleachers, parking and volleyball courts, is conservatively estimated at more than $15 million. Repairing damage to the reef, replacing the demolished restrooms and showers would add another $2 million to that for a total of over $17 million. The loss of parking would most likely be unrecoverable.

REGULATORY AND LEGAL CHALLENGES: Stabilizing would have the most expedited permitting process. Demolition could face a protracted legal battle.

Proposals to demolish the historic structure will face regulatory, permitting and legal challenges that will be unpredictable, time-consuming, and expensive and cause additional delays.

In August, legal counsel from the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a letter summarizing a lengthy list of state and federal laws and regulations that would have to be observed and approvals that would need to be obtained before demolition could begin. Among the applicable measures are the federal Rivers and Harbors Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, EPA regulations, and the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Additional discretionary permits include State Historic Preservation review, Coastal Zone Management, Environmental Impact Statement, Special Management Area Use Permit, Shoreline Setback Variance, and Special District Permit. Preservation advocates and veterans groups have pledged to steadfastly resist any attempts to demolish the war monument. Legal battles could add years to any demolition process and, in fact, might never result in final approval.

ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS: Stabilizing is safer than demolishing

Demolition of the Natatorium and creation of an artificial new beach risks destabilizing the existing Sans Souci beach; altering the sedimentation patterns on near-shore reefs, harming marine life and surf breaks; and causing beach erosion.

The debris from the demolition would take space in a landfill, and such demolition would cause the loss of embedded energy inherent in existing structures, as well as the expenditure of new energy for the conveyance of materials.

REDUCES LIABILITY: Stabilizing the Natatorium reduces the City’s liability from the deteriorating structure.

Because it can be done quickly and without a protracted legal battle, stabilization would be the most efficient way to mitigate the city’s exposure to liability created by the deteriorating pool.

MORAL CHOICES: Demolition destroys a war memorial on the State and National Historic Registers.

Act 15 specifically states the “living” War Memorial is intended as a swimming pool. Demolishing the pool is demolishing the memorial itself. Reconstructing the arched façade elsewhere does nothing to preserve a memorial dedicated to the sacrifices of Hawai’i’s citizens who gave all in service to their communities, nation, and world.

Stabilizing preserves the option to restore the living war memorial to use, thereby properly honoring 102 servicemen from Hawai’i killed in World War I. It also preserves a piece of the history, architecture and culture of Hawai‘i and the nation.

Stewardship of the historic, cultural and natural resources of Hawai‘i is the ethical and moral obligation of the people of Hawai‘i.

TOURISM IMPACTS: The Natatorium could be a major tourism asset.

A preserved and eventually restored Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium would be a vital part of Waikīkī’s “sense of place.” It is in the best interest of Hawai‘i to preserve its uniqueness and identity for the benefit of all its residents as well as its visitors.


We, the undersigned members of the Mayor’s Task Force, support the immediate stabilization of the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium.

We recommend immediate completion of the abandoned 2005 plan to strengthen, repair and stabilize the structure’s frame (the sea walls and pool deck) and reopening of the bleacher area in order that residents and visitors have access to the War Memorial and spectacular makai vista.

We further recommend that the city engage in dialogue with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, business organizations and other stakeholders to craft a public-private partnership for the long-term rehabilitation, maintenance and operation of the facility.


Hannie H. Anderson, Na Wahine O Ke Kai Co-Founder and Race Director
Fred W. Ballard, Oahu Veterans Council Executive Director
Art A. Caleda, WWII Filipino-American Veterans of Hawai‘i President
Donna L. Ching, Friends of the Natatorium Vice President
Kiersten Faulkner, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Executive Director
Brian L. Keaulana, Ocean Safety Expert