Monday, January 24, 2011

The Hawaiian Railway Society - Evening with Randy Hees

The Hawaiian Railway society invites you to an evening with Randy Hees. Randy is one of the Country's pre-eminent experts in the field of wood railroad car restoration.

When: Feb 4, 2011
Where: Ewa Train Yard, 91-1001 Renton road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706
What: Mr. Hees will be lecturing on the subject of Historic Railroad Car
preservation and restoration
Time: 7:00pm

Light refreshements will be served.

Those wishing to attend should contact Tom McCarthy at or call (808) 681-5461.

President Obama Announces Three Appointments To Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama announced his intention to appoint three new members to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), including two citizen members and the mayoral representative. The ACHP is a 23-member, independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

“The ACHP is delighted to receive new members with such outstanding expertise and experience,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, ACHP chairman. “With the increasing importance of historic preservation in regard to energy, sustainability, economic development, environment and educational attainment, they will enhance the ACHP’s ability to provide greater historic preservation benefits for the nation while safeguarding its physical heritage.”

The new appointees, as announced by the President, are the following:

Michael B. Coleman was elected Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, in 1999 and was reelected in 2003 and 2007. As mayor, he has focused on rejuvenating downtown Columbus by initiating Neighborhood Pride, a proactive effort to engage residents and businesses to fix up thousands of homes and clean up their neighborhoods. Coleman also created the Affordable Housing Trust Corporation to provide more housing options to inner-city residents and led the restoration of the historic Lincoln Theatre and the landmark Lazarus Department Store building in downtown Columbus. He received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. from the University of Dayton Law School.

Horace Henry Foxall, Jr. recently retired as Manager of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Center of Expertise for Preservation of Historic Structures and Buildings. For more than three decades, Foxall assisted the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies in developing historic preservation projects and programs, advising staff, architects, engineers, and outside consultants in the execution of historic building preservation. Foxall currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He received his M.Arch. in Architectural Design and Urban Design from the University of Washington and his B.S. in Urban Development and B.Arch. in Architectural Design from the University of Oregon.

Bradford J. White is a principal of Brad White & Associates in Evanston, Illinois, providing development consulting on affordable housing and historic resources. He is the former Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at The Habitat Company LLC. Prior to joining Habitat, White was Vice President of Related Midwest LLC, where he was responsible for the acquisition, financing and development of affordable and market-rate housing. He serves on the board of the Illinois Housing Council and is past chair of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and Preservation Action. White received a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from DePaul University.

The new members will be sworn in at the ACHP’s business meeting on February 17 in
Washington, D.C.

For more information on the ACHP and its responsibilities, please see


HONOLULU -- Applications are now being accepted for membership seats on the Hawai‘i Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee, which advises the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife on numerous forestry-related initiatives in the State.

The Committee oversees and makes recommendations to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife on programs that assist landowners with conservation objectives.

One such program is the Hawai‘i Forest Stewardship Program, which provides technical and financial assistance to private land managers interested in conservation, restoration, and/or timber production.

Another is the Forest Legacy Program – a national competitive land acquisition program that seeks to permanently protect important forest lands.

Ideal candidates are those with significant forestry and/or conservation experience in Hawai‘i. The Committee seeks to have experts in their field, as well as representatives from all islands in the state. The Committee meets four times a year in venues throughout Hawai‘i and appointments are for three year terms.

For more information and to apply, please visit or contact: Sheri Mann, Cooperative Resource Management Forester, DLNR-Division of Forestry and Wildlife, (w) (808) 587-4172 (c) (808) 721-6092,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


February 2011 APA-Hawaii luncheon announcement
Date: THURSDAY, February 10, 2011
Place: Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 2000, Honolulu
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

The luncheon presentation will be by Mr. Gerald Takano regarding his book, Pacific Flash: A Year in Levuka FIJI. The book is a collection of Mr. Takano’s observations as Heritage Advisor while assisting Levuka, the original British capital of Fiji. The primary purpose of the international assignment was to accommodate heritage tourism, promote community involvement and volunteerism, and provide a planning mechanism to secure the town’s long termed conservation. His personal objective is to encourage work and travel to places with contrasting and comparative experiences.

Gerald Takano was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, attended public schools and travelled extensively throughout the years. He received his architectural education and early training in upstate New York and Boston. Gerald previously served as Hawaii’s National Trust Advisor and State of Hawaii Commissioner of the Historic Sites Review Board.
He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is president of TBA West, Inc. based in San Francisco and Boston.

Please RSVP Martha Spengler at or by phone at 545-2055 extension 238 by Friday, February 4th.

Luncheon menu will contain the following: salad, soup of the day, sandwiches (beef, chicken, or turkey), dessert, and beverage (iced tea, water). The cost of lunch is $10 for students; $20 for members of APA or HHF; $25 for non-members Members and friends of APA Hawaii may come to listen to the presentation (e.g., no lunch) at a cost of $5. Payment can be made at the door by cash or check made payable to APA Hawaii. Due to Plaza Club rules Chapter members may not bring in outside food to the luncheon.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Archivist knew isles by heart

By Rosemarie Bernardo, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Retired state Archivist Agnes C. Conrad was "truly considered Hawaii's pre-eminent historian," said her nephew Hunton Conrad.

Conrad died Monday at the Arcadia Retirement Residence. She was 93.

Conrad moved to Hawaii from Catalina Island, Calif., in the late 1930s and worked as a librarian at the University of Hawaii. In 1955 she was appointed the territorial archivist, and served as state archivist from 1959 to 1982 when she retired.

She created the archives profession in Hawaii and instituted professional standards for archives and record management, according to the Association of Hawaii Archivists website.

She edited countless books and journals due to her reputation for being a stickler for historical accuracy, said friends and family members. Conrad was the fact editor for "The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative of 19th-Century Hawaii," written by W.S. Merwin of Maui, who was selected by the Library of Congress last year as the 17th U.S. poet laureate.

"Many people who wrote books in Hawaii would try to get her to edit their work. She was fantastic in details," said state Archivist Susan Shaner.

Conrad was one of the founding members of the Hawaii Museums Association and was involved in the restoration of Iolani Palace. She also was the driving force of getting "The Queen's Songbook," by Queen Liliuokalani, published.

Conrad was recognized by many organizations, and received the "Living Treasure" award by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission in Hawaii in 1987. Two years ago Conrad was honored by Gov. Linda Lingle with the Governor's Award for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities.

The Association of Hawaii Archivists established an award in her name to recognize contributions by Hawaii archivists. In December 2005 the association honored her with the first award. "She was kind of an icon as far as being knowledgeable about Hawaiian history. ... She didn't even have to look it up. It was all in her head," said Shaner. Harriet Miura, who worked as Conrad's secretary, said, "She was a walking treasure."

Conrad is also survived by nephews Kelly Conrad and Michael Longmire. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. next Friday at St. Pius X Church, 2821 Lowrey Ave. in Manoa. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Catholic Charities Hawaii

Call for Nominations - National Trust/ACHP Federal Partnership Award

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announce the call for nominations for the 2011 National Trust/ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation. Established in 2002, this joint award honors outstanding federal partnerships that advance the preservation of important historic resources.

Federal activities have a profound impact on our nation’s cultural landscape. This national awards program provides an opportunity to showcase an agency’s commitment to a preservation ethic and gain public awareness of its accomplishments.

This award requires a demonstrated partnership with a federal organization. Partners may include Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, businesses, state and local governments, and other non-federal persons or organizations. Nominated projects or programs can include one or more non-federal partners and more than one federal agency.

The deadline for nominations is February 17, 2011.

Beginning this year, the nomination form must be completed and submitted electronically. Please fully read the general eligibility and nomination requirements, and especially the award description for the National Trust/ACHP award before submitting.

Please share this information as widely and quickly as possible. For more information contact Patricia Knoll, ACHP Awards Coordinator, at 202-606-1385 or

2011 marks the 10th year for the National Trust/ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation. Recent winners include: National Park Service, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site; Federal Transit Administration, Lower Manhattan Recovery Office; and Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Italy Preservation Courses offered for Summer 2011

I would like to inform you about our summer 2011 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 12th year, which is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offers students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. This year we continue with our courses on ceramics and have added a course on paper restoration.

Courses offered:
• Introduction to Art and Building Restoration in Italy
• Surveying and Analyzing Historic Buildings
• Introduction to Conservation of Archeological Ceramics
• Introduction to Paper Restoration
• Traditional Painting Methods and Restoration Techniques
• Restoration Issues and Theory in Italy

Field Projects:
• Restoration of the Porta Burgis
• Surveying the 12th Century San Giovanni Battista Church complex
• Surveying the Church of Santo Gemine
• Archaeological survey of the public baths in Carsulae

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our website: HTTP://SANGEMINISTUDIES.ORG

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization's website as an available educational resource.

We have a 2011 flyer that you may wish to post on your department notice board or forward to interested parties. You can print this from our website, on our About Us page ( Please let us know if you have any problem printing and we can email you the PDF.

Thank you very much.

Cordially, Max Cardillo

Director, San Gemini Preservation Studies Program
International Institute for Restoration & Preservation Studies
US Tel: (718) 768-3508

Grant Proposals Requested for Stewardship of Coastal Resources

The University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program is requesting preliminary proposals for funding available beginning February 1, 2012 and ending January 31, 2014. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2011.

UH Sea Grant is one of 32 Sea Grant Programs dedicated to improved understanding and stewardship of the Nation's marine and coastal resources. Created by Congress in 1966, the National Sea Grant College Program comprises a network of more than 300 participating institutions, drawing on the talents of over 3,000 scientists, engineers, educators, students, and outreach specialists nationwide.

Sea Grant supports an integrated program of applied research, outreach, and education addressing marine and
coastal issues of public concern. Information generated by UH Sea Grant-funded research reaches stakeholders via UH Sea Grant extension, education and communications activities.

To receive consideration, preliminary proposals are due electronically via the UH Sea Grant proposal submission website, eProjects ( no later than 5:00 pm (Hawai‘i Standard Time), Wednesday, January 19, 2011. eProjects will begin accepting preliminary proposals on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Principal investigators are encouraged to submit electronically via eProjects well prior to the deadline to avoid delays associated with heavy internet traffic during the day on which proposals are due. Hard-copy, faxed or emailed proposals, ancillary information or appendices will not be accepted nor evaluated. For detailed submission instructions and format guidelines see the UH Sea Grant eProjects website listed above. For questions on eProjects submission, please contact Dr. Hal Richman, 808-956-8191 or For questions concerning preliminary proposal content, please contact Dr. Darren Lerner, 808-956-7031 For questions on fiscal matters, please contact Mr. Bruce Hamakawa, 808-956-3571 or