Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Historic Kaimuki Home News Story on HNN

Historic Kaimuki Home soon to be demolished was the topic of a Hawaii News Now story that aired on Friday night.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Obama Administration Endorses Pennsylvania Heritage Area

Seeks Delay Pending Legislation
Implications for Honolulu Capital Heritage Area nomination

By Preservation Action

The Senate Energy Committee has been considering an omnibus lands bill that will include a number of provisions, including an expansion of the Gettysburg National Military Park, the designation of the first national park in Delaware (the only state that does not have one), and new national monuments - including the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in Colorado. Of particular interest, however, is also the establishment of the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in Pennsylvania (S. 349).

While the administration has endorsed these measures, at a hearing held this week, they have asked the committee to delay the Susquehanna heritage area to allow the development of a more comprehensive national heritage areas position. According to the testimony of Stephen E. Whitesell, Associate Director of Park Planning, Facilities and Lands of the National Park Service, the delay is requested "...until program legislation is enacted that establishes criteria to evaluate potentially qualified national heritage areas and a process for the designation and administration of these areas." He indicated the Administration would be submitting such a proposal in the "near future."

In February, the Administration proposed a cut in funding for National Heritage Areas (NHAs) by approximately 50% at the same time it called for eliminating funding for Save America's Treasures and Preserve America. The justification language submitted for this cut stated that "Criteria has not been established to evaluate potentially qualified NHA sites for designation. As a result, sites have been authorized that do not necessarily warrant designation. The program also lacks key management controls to determine whether Federal funds are well spent."

Last year, Senator Daniel K. Inouye introduced legislation to achieve designation as a National Heritage Area for the ahupua‘a covering downtown Honolulu, Nu`uanu Valley, and adjacent areas. See www.hawaiicapitalculture.org

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Court ends Walmart site burial case

Judges refuse to hear an appeal over the city's OK of permits with no historic review

By Star-Bulletin staff

More than five years after opening for business, the Ke‘eaumoku Street Walmart and Sam's Club have seen the end to a legal challenge to their construction.

The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal by a designated cultural descendant of the people whose skeletal remains were discovered during the construction. A co-plaintiff was Hui Mālama i na Kūpuna o Hawai‘i Nei, a nonprofit organization that specializes in the reburial and repatriation of native Hawaiian remains and artifacts.

Work crews uncovered 42 sets of human remains during construction between January 2003 and January 2004.

The state Historic Preservation Division, with the recommendation of the O‘ahu Island Burial Council, ordered the remains relocated and reburied on the property.

Before the project was completed, Paulette Kaleikini and Hui Mālama sued the city, the state and Walmart to halt construction. They argued that the city should not have granted Walmart permits for the project without first consulting the Historic Preservation Division about possible historic or burial sites on the property.

A state judge refused to stop the project.

The judge said the city was required to consult the agency only if it knew or had reason to suspect that the project might affect known burial or historic sites.

The city said its research turned up no historic or burial sites on what was previously marshland that had been filled in and used by commercial and industrial businesses for at least 50 years.

The Historic Preservation Division had also previously advised the city that there were no historic or burial sites on portions of the property and other properties nearby.

But Kaleikini and Hui Mālama lawyer Moses Haia said the court's interpretation of the law allows the city or other permitting agency without any knowledge or expertise in historic preservation to cut out state review.

Gov. Linda Lingle later approved state administrative rules that require permitting agencies to consult the division. Kaleikini and Hui Mālama took their case to the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, which upheld the lower court's ruling. The appellate court said that even if the city had conducted a more rigorous review of the project site, Kaleikini and Hui Mālama did not provide any evidence that such a review would have revealed the burial site's existence.

Walmart and Sam's Club opened their doors to customers in October 2004.

OHA grant funds ahupua'a project

Civic club will place signs delineating 11 ancient districts

By Eloise Aguiar
Honolulu Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawai'i Kai will be included in the Windward area when an educational project to delineate ancient Hawaiian ahupua'a boundaries with signs is completed.

The sign project is one of three that the Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will conduct with a $47,269 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, said Mahealani Cypher, club president.

There are 11 ahupua'a districts in Ko'olaupoko. Ahupua'a are land divisions from the mountain to the sea whose resources once provided all the needs for the people living there.

The OHA grant will also be used for two other projects by the civic club: a book featuring distinguished kama'aina from the Kane'ohe Bay area, and a retreat and directory of cultural practitioners in the Ko'olaupoko area.

The boundary signs project received matching funds from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Cypher said.

The sign project has been under discussion for years and the club decided to use old maps of the Hawaiian Kingdom that place Hawai'i Kai in the Waimanalo ahupua'a, she said.

"We met with the Hawai'i Kai Neighborhood Board and all the other boards and the Hawai'i Kai board seems very happy," Cypher said.

The designation was a surprise to Hawai'i Kai residents, said Greg Knudsen, chairman of the Hawai'i Kai Neighborhood Board. But board members are concerned about the protection and preservation of the Hawaiian culture and archeology, Knudsen said.

"There is a general sense of support for having things acknowledged historically and knowing their traditional place names," he said, adding that he thought the civic club's decision was consistent with the board's past decisions.

The ahupua'a are Kualoa, Hakipu'u, Waikane, Waiahole, Ka'alaea, Waihe'e, Kahalu'u, He'eia, Kane'ohe, Kailua and Waimanalo (including Hawai'i Kai).

In the second phase of the project the club will hire teams of educators, including kupuna and youths, to teach everyone about their natural and cultural resources and Hawaiian sustainability practices, Cypher said.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010



Washington, D.C. (May 19, 2010) – Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named America’s State Parks & State-Owned Historic Sites to its 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This annual list highlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage.

America’s state parks and state-owned historic sites are threatened – perhaps more than at any other time in recent history – with deep funding cuts and uncertain futures. In response to record-breaking deficits, state governments are cutting funding for state-owned and -managed parks and historic sites from coast to coast. State park systems welcome an estimated 725 million visits every year and include places of national significance – from Native American historic sites to Revolutionary War forts to Civil War battlefields to country estates. This year nearly 30 states have experienced cuts to parks’ and sites’ budgets, and a recent survey estimates as many as 400 state parks could close. While providing some short-term budget relief, this approach will actually cost states far more in the long term. Before they can re-open, state-owned and managed resources will require massive investments to undo the damage suffered from abandonment, neglect and deferred maintenance. Although at least 26 states across the country are grappling with this issue, the magnitude of the nationwide problem can be illustrated by six prime examples.

►In Arizona, $19 million in revenue from the operation of state parks and lottery proceeds was cut in half, and thirteen of the state’s 31 parks were forced to close. Ironically, a recent study shows how Arizona state parks—when open—attract 2.3 million visitors annually, generating $266 million of direct and indirect economic impact.

►In California, twice in the last two years, budget challenges have put the state’s 278 parks at risk, prompting their placement on the 2008 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Chronic underfunding has already impacted 150 parks with reduced services and part-time closures. In a politically-charged climate, a ballot measure slated for November will determine if voters approve a long-term, stable funding solution.

►In Missouri, over 120 state park jobs were eliminated due to the downturn in the economy, making a bad situation even worse. With an existing backlog of deferred maintenance totaling more than $200 million, the state park system’s 1,845 structures—700 of which are historic—are put at even greater risk.

►In New Jersey, state parks and state-owned historic sites have been on life support for years. Now Governor Christie is slashing the budget of the state agency responsible for parks and historic sites—reducing its funding from $11.6 million to $3.4 million. Christie’s stark budget also eliminates all funding for the Battleship New Jersey, the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, Morven Museum in Princeton, and the Save Ellis Island organization.

►In New York State, Governor Paterson announced the closure of 41 state parks and 14 historic sites, including landmarks like the farm and gravesite of abolitionist John Brown, in North Elba, and the beautiful Georgian-era Philipse Manor Hall, in Yonkers, a vibrant center of local community gatherings and activities.

►In Pennsylvania, a drastic 37 percent budget cut forced the closure of Old Economy Village—an exceptionally well-preserved religious colony constructed between 1824 and 1830 and the Commonwealth’s first historic site—along with 11 other sites that will close to the public. With Pennsylvania’s next budget projected to be even more severe, the future of Pennsylvania’s historic resources is in jeopardy.

“Across the nation, state parks and state-owned historic sites are on the chopping block,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Our state parks preserve priceless landscapes and cultural heritage and provide critical opportunities for outdoor recreation, not to mention their important role in generating revenue and creating jobs for local and regional economies through heritage tourism. We recognize that states are experiencing significant fiscal challenges, but park systems and sites are a legacy created and maintained by states even through the leanest times, for the enjoyment, wellness, and enlightenment of the public. In the current troubled economy, Americans are foregoing more lavish vacations and using their state parks and sites more than ever. We cannot afford to abandon these treasures now.”

Parks and historic sites are seen as easy targets for cost savings but state budget makers are not looking at the long-term implications of funding decisions. While the immediate threat to parks and historic sites is closure, the secondary—and perhaps greater—threat emanating from the budget cuts will likely be felt in a year or two as these places fall into disrepair and neglect.

Solutions to the current crisis and long-term fiscal dilemmas faced by states are not easy. Fortunately, a handful of states are avoiding immediate cuts, working instead to develop creative strategies that can address both funding and stewardship needs. Ohio, for example, is working systematically to craft appropriate public-private partnerships for specific parks and sites.

For more information about the states and historic sites facing budget cuts across the country, visit www.PreservationNation.org/11Most where the public is also invited to learn more about what they can do to support these and hundreds of other endangered sites, experience first-hand accounts of these places, and share stories and photos of their own.

The 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places was made possible, in part, by a grant from HistoryTM.
To download high resolution images of this year’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in advance of May 19th, please contact pr@nthp.org. On or after May 19th, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/about-us/press-center/ to register and download high resolution images and video.

The 2010 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places (in alphabetical order):

America's State Parks and State-Owned Historic Sites—This year, nearly 30 states have experienced cuts to parks’ and sites’ budgets, and a recent survey estimates as many as 400 state parks could close. These state park systems include places of national significance—from Native American historic sites to Revolutionary War forts to Civil War battlefields to country estates—and welcome an estimated 725 million visits every year.

Black Mountain, Harlan County, Ky. —Nestled at the base of Eastern Kentucky’s rugged Black Mountain, the historic mining towns of Benham and Lynch are working hard to define a future beyond coal. The towns, which have created well-respected heritage tourism sites and are working to revitalize their main streets, now face the threat of multiple surface and deep mining permits on and around Black Mountain—a move that would be tremendously harmful to Black Mountain’s natural beauty, fragile ecology and growing tourism industry.

Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson, N.J. —Once the pride of Paterson, N.J., Hinchliffe Stadium is one of the last surviving ball parks of baseball’s Negro League. Today, the 10,000-seat, poured-concrete Art Deco stadium that was home to the New York Black Yankees and legendary player Larry Doby, is closed and dangerously deteriorated.

Industrial Arts Building, Lincoln, Neb.—For nearly a century, this dramatic trapezoidal exposition space with natural skylights, intricate roof trusses and a four-story fountained interior, has showcased the best of Lincoln, Neb. Despite its long, proud history, the Industrial Arts Building will soon meet the wrecking ball unless a developer steps forward to rescue and reuse the building.

Juana Briones House, Palo Alto, Calif.—In the heart of Silicon Valley stands the oldest structure in Palo Alto, built by one of the original Hispanic residents of San Francisco, a pioneering woman who was a rancher, traditional healer and entrepreneur. The 1844 adobe home is a rare reminder of California’s rich Spanish and Mexican history. Today this California State Historic Landmark sits abandoned, deteriorated, exposed to the elements and threatened by demolition.

Merritt Parkway, Fairfield County, Conn.—Spanning 37.5 distinctive miles and celebrated for its diverse collection of decorative bridges and lush, natural landscaping, Merritt Parkway remains, 70 years after it was constructed, one of America’s most scenic roads. To accommodate increased traffic on the parkway, the cash-strapped Connecticut Department of Transportation is not performing necessary maintenance and has moved to realign roads, replace bridges and redesign interchanges, all at the cost of the parkway’s unique character.

Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Washington, D.C.—A major landmark of African American heritage and one of the most important religious institutions in the United States, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church’s red brick Victorian Gothic-style building, completed in 1886, hosted the funeral of congregant Frederick Douglass in 1895 and Rosa Parks a century later. Years of water infiltration and damage caused in part by adjacent construction projects have compromised the structure, prompting the dedicated congregation to launch a national capital campaign to rescue and restore this irreplaceable house of worship.

Pågat, Yigo, Guam—The island of Guam, the westernmost United States territory in the Pacific, is home to the Chamorro people who maintain a thriving culture dating back thousands of years. With the United States military’s announced plans for a massive buildup on the island, many residents are concerned about the potentially devastating impact on the island’s cultural resources, including one of Guam’s most treasured sites, the ancient Chamorro settlement of Pågat.

Saugatuck Dunes, Saugatuck, Mich.—Along the shores of Lake Michigan, the 2,500 acres that comprise the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Area boast a spectacular, sparsely-developed landscape of sand dunes, water, woods and wetlands. Home to several endangered species and a large number of significant historic and archeological sites, Saugatuck Dunes and its surrounding community are threatened by a proposed 400-acre, residential development, to include a marina, hotel, restaurant and retail complex.

Threefoot Building, Meridian, Miss.—For 80 years, this 16-story Art Deco, lavishly decorated, granite-clad skyscraper has been a mainstay of downtown Meridian, Miss. Although a developer expressed interest in rehabilitating the deteriorated building, the City of Meridian has been unable to provide gap financing or other incentives and locals fear that Threefoot’s bright future may end in demolition.

Wilderness Battlefield, Orange and Spotsylvania Counties, Va.—One of the most significant and bloodiest engagements of the Civil War, the Battle of the Wilderness marked the first time that legendary generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant faced off against one another. It is here—in an area known for its rolling landscapes and distant Blue Ridge Mountain views—that Walmart intends to trample on American heritage by constructing 240,000 square feet of “big box” commercial sprawl within the historic boundaries of Wilderness Battlefield and immediately adjacent to the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.

America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has identified more than 200 threatened one-of-a-kind historic treasures since 1988. Whether these sites are urban districts or rural landscapes, Native American landmarks or 20th-century sports arenas, entire communities or single buildings, the list spotlights historic places across America that are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The designation has been a powerful tool for raising awareness and rallying resources to save endangered sites from every region of the country. At times, that attention has garnered public support to quickly rescue a treasured landmark; while in other instances, it has been the impetus of a long battle to save an important piece of our history. The list has been so successful in galvanizing preservation efforts across the country and rallying resources to save endangered places that, in just two decades, only seven sites have been lost.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) 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, D.C., nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, 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.

President Obama Appoints ACHP Chair

WASHINGTON – On May 18, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Milford Wayne Donaldson to serve as Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

President Obama said, “It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join my administration and serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Milford Wayne Donaldson currently serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for the state of California. The SHPO serves as chief administrative officer of the Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento and as Executive Secretary of the State Historical Resources Commission. Prior to his appointment as SHPO, Mr. Donaldson served as president of the award winning firm ‘Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA’ since 1978, specializing in historic preservation services. He is licensed to practice architecture in California, Nevada and Arizona and holds a certified license from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Mr. Donaldson is affiliated with several historical and preservation organizations and is a past president of the California Preservation Foundation and past chair of the State Historical Building Safety Board, the State Historical Resources Commission, and the Historic State Capitol Commission. He holds a B.A. and a B.S. in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Mr. Donaldson received a Master of Science in Architecture from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and a Master of Arts in Public History and Teaching from University of San Diego.

NPS Seeks Historic Preservation Specialist to Oversee SHPD Corrective Actions

The National Park Service (NPS) and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers have announced a job opening for a historic preservation specialist to provide oversight of the Corrective Action Plan for the Hawai‘i State Historic Preservation Division.

The position description states that NPS seeks an experienced historic preservation professional/cultural resources manager to provide technical assistance to the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Office (SHPD) and oversight of the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) developed by the NPS for the SHPD. The position is located in the NPS Pacific West Region in Honolulu, Hawaii. This position reports to the Assistant Director, Heritage Preservation Assistance Programs, NPS, and coordinates with the Chief, Historic Preservation Grants Division, NPS; the PWR Cultural Resources Program Chief; and the Pacific Area Director, NPS.

In 2009 the NPS conducted an evaluation of the operations and programs of the SHPD that are funded through an annual Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant from the NPS. This evaluation identified deficiencies in several of the programs mandated for States by the National Historic Preservation Act and funded by the HPF. To remedy the deficiencies in these Federally-funded programs areas, the NPS designed a 2-year CAP, which the SHPD must satisfy in order to maintain approved program status and continue to receive HPF grant assistance.

For more information or to apply, please send letter of interest and resume to Preservation_Grants_Info@nps.gov by June 11, 2010. Only electronic applications will be received for this position. If questions, email Preservation_Grants_Info@nps.gov

For position description, please see link: http://www.historichawaii.org/hawaii_CAP_position.pdf

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Army recreating history at DeRussy

Battery Randolph's parapets returning in $725,000 Project

By William Cole

Honolulu Advertiser Military Writer

WAIKĪKĪ — By 1914, the two big guns at Fort DeRussy's Battery Randolph at what is now the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i could hurl 1,556-pound shells 12 miles out to sea.

Their installation followed a time when the British, French, Russians, Germans and Japanese all had ships in the Pacific — and interest in Hawai'i.

The twin, 14-inch guns were the largest in the Pacific from California to the Philippines, according to the museum. Battery Randolph also had reinforced concrete parapets, or walls — behind which the guns were placed.

"If we were shooting at an enemy ship, we expected them to shoot back, so we were well protected," said museum curator Dorian Travers.

The parapets were razed in 1969 along with an adjacent gun emplacement called Battery Dudley.

Under a $725,000 project, the Battery Randolph barricades are returning, but with a dual purpose: recreating a bit of history and a lot of additional museum space. Rather than use solid concrete, the Army is rebuilding the parapets with a stucco-type exterior and enough room inside for offices, an education center and other uses, officials said.

"The interior of the replica gun parapets will create an additional 7,400 square feet of desperately needed space to collect, preserve, interpret and display the U.S. Army's collection of historical property," said museum director Judith Bowman. U.S. Army Reserve soldiers with the 980th Engineer Battalion headquartered in Texas are using the 63-day project as their annual training mission by rotating through Hawai'i three sets of engineering companies.

"This is a great training opportunity regardless of where it's located," said Maj. Rusty Rhoads, the battalion's operations officer. "The fact that it's on Waikīkī Beach is a bonus."

The Reserve soldiers started work on May 8 and the exterior is expected to be finished on the up to 22-foot-wide rooms by about July 6. The museum, which draws about 100,000 visitors a year, has remained open during the construction. About $250,000 of the total cost is coming from membership and donations made through the Hawai'i Army Museum Society, a nonprofit organization that supports the museum, said Executive Director Vicki Olson.

Olson said the largest contribution was made by local philanthropist Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu. The remainder of the funding was obtained from the U.S. Army Center of Military History, she said.

According to the museum, Battery Randolph's big guns were designed with "disappearing" carriages that, when fired, rocked backward and locked in place behind the safety of the parapet.

When the guns were scheduled to be practice fired, advance notice was run in the newspaper advising anyone within a half mile's distance of the battery to open their windows and doors and secure loose objects.

By 1946, Battery Randolph had outlived its usefulness and the 14-inch guns and their carriages were dismantled and sold for scrap. Two 7-inch naval guns are now installed on the "gun deck."

In 1969, batteries Dudley and Randolph were scheduled for demolition to make way for the Hale Koa Hotel. A contractor semi-successfully demolished Battery Dudley, which had two 6-inch guns, and the parapets on Randolph, but the rest of the reinforced concrete turned out to be too much of a challenge.

"They went bankrupt. Legend has it that the wrecking ball broke first," Travers said. The conversion of Battery Randolph into an Army museum began in the mid-1970s.

Reach William Cole at wcole@honoluluadvertiser.com.

$150,000 donation will go to restore King Lunalilo's tomb

By Honolulu Advertiser Staff

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is donating $150,000 to Lunalilo Home to restore King William Charles Lunalilo's tomb.

The sixth monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom reigned for just over a year, starting in 1873, until he died of tuberculosis. He's buried in a tomb on the grounds of Kawaiahao Church.

Lunalilo and Kamehameha the Great are the only two monarchs not buried at the Royal Mausoleum in Nu'uanu.

The tomb was completed in 1875 and is one of the earliest examples of concrete block construction in Hawai'i.

The donation is expected to cover about one-third of the estimated $450,000 cost of restoration.

Lunalilo Home is a care home for Hawaiians established by King Lunalilo's will.

Friday, May 14, 2010

David Brown Named Acting President of National Trust

The Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Executive Vice-President David Brown as acting president, announced Trust Chairman Clifford Hudson.

In an email to National Trust’s Partner organizations, Hudson said, “The Trust’s Presidential Search Committee has been at work since late 2009. There has been enormous interest in this position, as evidenced by the more than 300 inquiries by potential candidates. The committee has conducted interviews with a number of strong candidates, but is not ready to make a final recommendation to the board.”

Brown, who joined the National Trust in 1996, has been heavily involved in the implementation of the Trust's strategic plan and has led the creation of www.preservationnation.org. He also directed the Campaign for America's Historic Places fundraising effort. Prior to joining the National Trust he was the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia.

Current President Richard Moe will retire on May 31st and Brown is to begin June 1.

“The strength of the preservation movement and our effectiveness at the National Trust depends on the guidance of our Advisors and our strong partnerships,” Hudson said.

“During this interim period, we are committed to continuing this work together, and I ask for your support of David and the staff. As a search committee and board, we will continue our work to ensure we have the best candidate possible for the Trust presidency and do so with confidence, knowing that our partnerships are strong and together we are engaged in the work of saving America’s heritage.”


Projects Among $3 Million in National Park Service Grants

Three Hawai‘i-based organizations have received over $245,000 in grants from the National Park Service in projects related to the preservation and interpretation of WWII confinement sites.

The project awards are for three projects:

Hawai‘i Confinement Sites Educational Documentary
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i
Honouliuli Internment Camp, Honolulu County, HI
Sand Island Detention Camp, Honolulu County, HI
Kilauea Military Camp, Hawai‘i County, HI
Kalaheo Stockade, Kaua‘i County, HI
Haiku Camp, Maui County, HI

Unspoken Memories: Oral Histories of Hawaii Internees at Jerome, Arkansas
University of Hawaii, Center for Oral History
Jerome Relocation Center, Chicot and Drew Counties, AR

Multidisciplinary Research and Education at Honouliuli Internment Camp, Phase 2
University of Hawaii, West O'ahu
Honouliuli Internment Camp, Honolulu County, HI
$ 98,544

The awards are among 23 grants totaling $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret historic locations, where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

In the program’s second year, the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grants will help fund projects in a dozen states, including the restoration of a historic railroad depot in Arkansas that will house an exhibit about that state’s two confinement sites, and an educational outreach program to engage youth in preserving confinement sites through art, conversation, and community service.

“The Japanese American internment experience is an important chapter in American history,” said NPS Director Jon Jarvis. “The National Park Service is honored to be part of this shared effort to preserve these sites, which are a tragic reminder of a shameful episode in our past, and a compelling lesson on the fragility of our constitutional rights.”

Congress established the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program in 2006 to preserve and interpret the places where Japanese Americans were sequestered after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The law authorizes up to $38 million in grants for the life of the program to identify, research, evaluate, interpret, protect, restore, repair, and acquire historic confinement sites. The program aims to teach and inspire present and future generations about the injustice of the World War II confinement and demonstrate the nation’s commitment since then to equal justice under the law.

Congress appropriated $3 million for grants in the current fiscal year. They were awarded in a competitive process, matching $2 in federal money for every $1 in non-federal funds and “in-kind” contributions raised by groups working to preserve the sites and their histories. Congress appropriated $1 million for fiscal year 2009, the first year of the grants.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

OHA Seeks Student Helper or Volunteer

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA) Land and Property Management Program (LPMP) in OHA’s Resource Management Line of Business is seeking an OHA Student Helper (or volunteer) to assist in the activities listed below.

1) Compiling, organizing and developing information regarding OHA’s current and prospective assets state wide (Wao Kele o Puna, Pahua heiau, the Waialua Court House and potential properties).

2) Assistance in drafting communications and documents, i.e. correspondence with OHA beneficiaries and partners as well as possible grant applications.

3) Assistance in researching, drafting and implementing a management plan for Pähua heiau as part and parcel to developing an adaptive model for OHA land management.

4) Assistance in researching, drafting analysis, and implementing potential land acquisitions.

5) Assistance in conducting community outreach activities (attending meetings and site visits with community organizations).

Activities are varied and interest or experience in one or a number of fields would be helpful: Hawaiian and environmental studies, law, land use planning, natural resource management, biology, botany, ecology, environmental or ecological economics, political science, anthropology, agriculture and corporate real estate.

Willingness, timeliness, energy and enthusiasm for learning, good communication and comprehension skills and efficient typing and writing skills are a must. A willingness to get your hands in the soil and handle outdoor expeditions will come in handy as well.

This position will provide the applicant with the opportunity to gain an on the ground experience in land policy and property management in Hawai’i, an understanding of government and administrative structure, community relations and the development of an adaptive cultural/natural resource management approach for OHA’s properties and prospective acquisitions.

Those eligible for OHA’s Student Helper Program can get paid. General qualifications for the program are attached. Expect to spend at least 19 hours a week shadowing and assisting me and/or members of OHA’s Land and Property Management Program team.

If you have further questions, please contact Annette Hayashi in OHA’s Human Resources office at 594-1934 or annetteh@oha.org

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Margaret Sloggett Fisher Scholarship 2010-2011

The Margaret Sloggett Fisher Scholarship is available for students concentrating in historical preservation, museum studies, history, anthropology, Hawaiian studies, ethnic studies and American studies.

The memorial scholarship honors Margaret Sloggett Fisher who was born in Lihue, Kauai in 1906. She was the daughter of Henry Digby Sloggett and Lucy Etta Wilcox, and married Gerald Merriman Fisher in 1930. The granddaughter of Samuel Wilcox and Emma Lyman Wilcox, Mrs. Fisher was also the great-granddaughter of Hawaii missionaries Abner and Lucy Wilcox of Hanalei, Kauai and David Belden and Sarah Joiner Lyman of Hilo, Hawaii, and was a founding museum trustee of Waioli Mission House in Hanalei.

The Trustees of Waioli Corporation, which oversees Waioli Mission House, Grove Farm and Mahamoku museums on Kauai, encourage graduate students and college juniors and seniors who are residents of the state, studying in Hawaii or on the mainland, to apply for the $1,000 scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. Preference in selection will be given to students who are Kauai residents.

For more scholarship and application information please call (808) 245-3202 or email grovefarm@hawaiiantel.net.

Symposium on Preserving Asian American & Pacific Islander History

For several years a coalition of advocates and organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has been strategizing to protect pan-Asian history, heritage, and cultural traditions in America. These efforts will culminate in a symposium to be held in San Francisco's historic Japantown, June 24-26, 2010. Preserving Asian Pacific Islander America: Mobilizing Our Communities will build capacity, foster collaboration, promote awareness, and encourage peer dialogue. Reconnecting “sites of cultural memory” and the stories they hold to their communities and connecting the present stewards of these sometimes isolated cultural resources offer exciting opportunities for coalition-building and cultural participation. Engaging new audiences, involving young people, expanding understanding of historic preservation, and ensuring a continued place for diverse groups at preservation’s table are all stated goals for the forum. A key focus will be development of a pan-Asian preservation agenda to reflect the common needs, aspirations, and priorities of attendees and their communities. For more information, see http://www.apinhpforum.org