The State Legislature’s Heritage Caucus and Historic Hawai‘i Foundation will present the 8th Annual Historic Preservation Awareness Day to highlight and celebrate the history of Hawai‘i and the state’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage.
Some 30 exhibitors from the public, private and non-profit sectors will provide information about the role of historic preservation as an important element of community interaction and quality of life, as well as to demonstrate the importance of historic preservation to elected officials as they consider preservation legislation.
The exhibits will be held on the third floor of the Hawai‘i State Capitol on Monday, March 15, 2010, from 9:30 am to 12 pm. This free event is open to the public.
“It’s inspiring to visit the exhibits and meet those individuals who are dedicated to protect and preserve historical properties, cultural sites, and sacred places,” said Representative Cindy Evans, co-chair of the state legislature’s Heritage Caucus. “This day is an opportunity for the public, organizations and individuals active in preservation, and the legislature to come together and celebrate our heritage.”
“Historic Preservation Awareness Day is part of the collaborative effort to demonstrate the range of business, education, advocacy and arts organizations engaged in preserving Hawaii’s historic and cultural resources,” said Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation.
“As preservationists, many of us speak often about community character and quality of life benefits that come from preserving Hawaii’s historic, architectural and cultural heritage. But in these times of difficult economic decisions and competing values, that isn’t enough. It is increasingly important to demonstrate that preservation offers measurable economic impacts,” Faulkner said.
“There is a direct link between investing in historic properties and the economic return for both property owners and government. Historic preservation is a powerful economic engine. The exhibitors at Historic Preservation Awareness Day all contribute to these industries in various ways. They not only preserve Hawaii’s heritage, they also contribute to its bottom line. We are pleased to be able to use this opportunity to demonstrate the broad scope and deep value that they provide,” Faulkner added.
Exhibiting organizations will include:
· Arts District Merchants Association
· The Cathedral of St. Andrew
· Chaminade University – Interior Design
· Commander Navy Region Hawaii
· Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i
· Department of Land and Natural Resources, Historic Preservation and State Parks Divisions
· E Mālama I Na Wao Lama Foundation (The Preservation of the Dry Land Forest)
· Friends of Queen Theater
· Hale‘iwa Main Street/North Shore Chamber of Commerce
· Hawai‘i Junior Archaeology Outreach Program
· Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
· University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Historic Preservation Program and the Library Preservation Department
· US Army Garrison Hawaii Cultural Resources Program
· Waimea Valley Hi‘ipaka, LLC
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation is a membership-based non-profit organization that encourages the preservation of historic sites on all the islands of Hawai‘i. www.historichawaii.org
For more information about this event, please contact Historic Hawaii Foundation at (808)523-2900 x22 or firstname.lastname@example.org.