Honolulu Hale, Tantalus Drive, Fort Kamehameha, and Haleiwa Residences are among the unique treasures of Hawaii’s history and heritage. To ensure that later generations will have the opportunity to enjoy these significant sites takes commitment to preservation and promotion.
On Monday, March 15, Historic Hawaii Foundation is sponsoring the 8th Annual Historic Preservation Awareness Day, in conjunction with the state Legislature’s Heritage Caucus 2010. The event is 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Hawaii State Capitol, 3rd floor.
More than 40 exhibitors will participate to help raise awareness about preserving and perpetuating the state’s heritage. Organizations and exhibitors include the Mission Houses Museum, a fashion collection from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and the Laupahoehoe Train Museum.
This partnership between Historic Hawaii Foundation and the Heritage Caucus is an example of public, private and non-profit sectors working together to protect and preserve Hawaii’s cultural places.
Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of Historic Hawaii Foundation, said, “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.”
Rep. Cindy Evans, chairwoman of the Heritage Caucus, said, “Historic preservation is a very rich story of who we are and how we’ve become who we are. It is the fabric of our culture, enabling us to look back at our history and to get a better understanding of the past political, social and economic changes.”
On April 8, 2010, the Heritage Caucus will be holding another event – a “Round Table Forum” on the Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation.
Historic Hawaii Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by citizens concerned about the need to protect Hawaii’s legacy and essential character. It has since become the driving force behind preservation efforts in the state, encouraging the safeguarding of historic buildings, areas and communities tied to Hawaii’s history. Historic Hawaii Foundation strives to ensure that the heritage remains a living and useful part of the present within the communities.
The Heritage Caucus, created in 2006, is comprised of 36 representatives and seven senators. Its mission is to collaborate with the community to identify and preserve the state’s historic resources and to cultivate appreciation for Hawaii’s unique heritage.
This year, the Caucus focuses on advocacy by engaging individuals and organizations interested in the preservation of Hawaii’s historical resources.