Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Call for Nominations: The 2011 National Preservation Awards

Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation.

We invite you to nominate a deserving individual, organization, agency, or project for a National Preservation Award. In 2011 we are pleased to announce that we will be selecting the first American Express Aspire awardee. This award will recognize an emerging leader in preservation. The deadline for all award nominations, including the Trustees' Awards, National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award, National Trust/HUD Secretary's Award, the Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement, the new American Express Aspire Award and National Preservation Honor Awards, is February 17, 2011. Those nominations not selected to receive a special category award will automatically be considered for an Honor Award.

Go to to access the 2011 nomination information and view video highlights of last year’s award winners. The entire application must be completed online.

If you have questions or need additional information about the awards or the nomination process, please call 202.588.6315 or e-mail We look forward to receiving your nomination. Spread the word!

FY11 Grants for Japanese American Confinement Sites open Jan 4

Grant Applications will be available at

on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Applications must be received by Tuesday, March 1, 2011. JACS grants will be awarded dependent on funds appropriated by Congress.

Congress established the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program (Public Law 109-441, 16 USC 461) for the preservation and interpretation of U.S. confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. The law authorized up to $38 million for the entire life of the grant program to identify, research, evaluate, interpret, protect, restore, repair, and acquire historic confinement sites in order that present and future generations may learn and gain inspiration from these sites and that these sites will demonstrate the nation’s commitment to equal justice under the law.

Kailua Village filled with holiday joy

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, Honolulu Star Advertiser

Historic Kailua Village really knows how to throw a Christmas party! Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, the community kicks off Kailua Kalikimaka, a monthlong celebration sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District.

Now in its third year, the event fills the seaside town with holiday cheer. Windows are festooned with tinsel and wreaths; restaurants offer ono specials; and thousands of spectators line the streets to watch a parade complete with floats, bands, choral groups and Santa.

December's Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, a much-anticipated part of Kailua Kalikimaka, will reflect the festive mood of the season. As with the other monthly strolls, a quarter-mile of Alii Drive, the town's main thoroughfare, will be closed to vehicular traffic for five hours.

Along this seaside mall, pedestrians can watch art demonstrations; enjoy Hawaiian music, a hula performance and a concert by award-winning songstress Amy Hanaialii Gilliom; take advantage of store discounts; and peruse the wares of additional merchants who set up shop on the asphalt.
The parade is led every year by a grand marshal who is recognized for his or her community service. Past honorees include Fanny Au Hoy, docent coordinator of Hulihee Palace; Gloria Juan-Tapaatoutai, a music teacher at Kealakehe Intermediate School; and the Rev. Henry Boshard, former pastor of Mokuaikaua Church, the first Christian church in Hawaii.

This year's grand marshals are 40 members of the Kanuha family, who trace their lineage to Chief Umi-a-Liloa, ruler of the Big Island from 1510 to 1525. The six siblings who are the elders of the clan grew up in a house next to Mokuaikaua Church. Like their forebears, they have volunteered countless hours to youth, educational and cultural preservation activities in the community.

The establishment of KVBID in 2007 has strengthened the town's identity, cohesiveness and vision. "KVBID's initiatives, including Kailua Kalikimaka, encourage residents and visitors to shop, dine and buy local," said Eric von Platen Luder, the organization's president. "They support our mission, which is to maintain Kailua Village as a model sustainable community to live, work and play."

According to von Platen Luder, Kailua in the District of Kona is the proper reference for the town, so its name should be spelled Kailua, Kona, not Kailua-Kona as it appears in most guidebooks. KVBID advocates the use of the moniker Historic Kailua Village for practical as well as promotional reasons.

"It helps distinguish our town from Kailua on Oahu," von Platen Luder said. "It also helps build awareness of our significant historical sites, including Mokuaikaua Church, Hulihee Palace and Ahuena Heiau."

After unifying the Hawaiian kingdom in 1810, King Kamehameha I returned to Kailua, Kona, to rule from Kamakahonu, his residence beside Ahuena Heiau. This is where he died in May 1819, where the kapu system was abolished six months later and where, in April 1820, Christian missionaries first came ashore in Hawaii.

"Historic Kailua Village is one of only a few places in the islands where visitors can find great shopping, dining, ocean activities, history and culture — all the elements of a memorable Hawaiian vacation — on a short walk," von Platen Luder said. "We like to say it's Christmas here year-round because you can experience aloha here every day, everywhere."


The schedule of monthly Kokua Kailua Village Strolls and Hulihee Palace Concerts subject to change. The names listed after the dates are the concerts' honorees.
» Jan. 16: King Kamehameha II and Aunty Iolani Luahine
» Feb. 20: Princess Ruth Keelikolani
» March 20: Queen Kaahumanu and Prince Kuhio
» April 17: Prince Albert
» May 15: King Kamehameha IV
» June 12: King Kamehameha I
» July 17: Big Island (Governor John Adams Kuakini
» Aug. 14: King Kamehameha III
» Sept. 18: Queen Liliuokalani
» Oct. 16: Princess Kaiulani
» Nov. 20: King Kalakaua: Hulihee Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles "Bud" Dant)
» Dec.18: Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop


Ahuena Heiau

Ahuena Heiau was the personal heiau of King Kamehameha I. Here, he worshiped, discussed affairs of the kingdom with his counselors and oversaw the education of his son and heir, Liholiho.

Hulihee Palace

Built in 1838, Hulihee Palace was a favorite vacation home of Hawaiian royalty, including King Kalakaua. Furniture, jewelry and weapons are among the priceless personal belongings of the alii that are on display. The palace is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 329-1877;

Mokuaikaua Church

When it was established in 1820, the church consisted of two pili grass hale (huts). Completed in 1837, the building that now stands was constructed of stones taken from heiau and ohia logs the congregation carried to the site from Mount Hualalai. The church is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday services are held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. A 45-minute lecture on the history of the church and the work of the early missionaries in Kailua follows the 11 a.m. service. 329-0655;

Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour

Kona Historical Society's 90-minute Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour is available to groups of at least 10 people. About a dozen stops are made, including Ahuena Heiau, Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance. Cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12, including a 24-page booklet. 938-8825;

Friday, December 3, 2010

Archaeological Database Now On-line

Bishop Museum has launched its Hawaiian Archaeological Survey (HAS) on-line database. This searchable database ( contains information on sites in Hawai‘i excavated by Bishop Museum archaeologists.

“HAS opens up archaeological site based information and literature to the greater community, on a scale that’s never been done before,” said Bishop Museum Archaeology Collections Manager Rowan Gard. “Now people can search for information pertaining to their community, even their own backyard in the HAS and hopefully gain a greater understanding of the Hawaiian past that is manifested in the present landscape – geographic, as well as the cultural.”

Soon after its founding in 1889, Bishop Museum began to study and document the archaeological record of the Hawaiian archipelago. These endeavors resulted in the world's largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts totaling over a million and representing Native Hawaiian and historic Hawai'i immigrant life. In 2008, the Hawai'i State Legislature (HB 2955 and SB 2668) recognized the Museum's past and present actions by designating Bishop Museum as the portal for the Hawai‘i Archaeological Survey. This survey is intended to preserve cultural information and to be used as a resource for the Hawaiian community and others interested in studying the dynamic cultural history of Hawai‘i.

The HAS database currently contains over 12,800 archaeological sites. It is an ongoing project with additional research being added on a continuing basis. Bishop Museum’s Department of Anthropology staff is already working on the second version of the HAS database in hopes of offering the option of viewing over 500 downloadable archaeological research manuscripts in a searchable PDF format, as well as thousands of artifact images.

President/CEO Timothy Johns noted, “The HAS database showcases some of the work Bishop Museum has pioneered in anthropological research. Our staff continues to be at the forefront in providing seminal research and information on the ethnographic and archaeological materials of Oceania to people of the Pacific themselves and the larger international community.”

The Hawaiian Archaeological Survey database can be found

Bishop Museum’s mission is to study, preserve, and tell the stories of the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. It is designated as the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. With more than 24 million catalogued objects, Bishop Museum’s collection ranks among the top ten in the world.

Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays and Christmas Day. For more information on Bishop Museum exhibits, programs, and events, please visit or call (808) 847-3511.