The Historic Hawaii Foundation will honor exemplary achievements in the field of historic preservation at a May 27 ceremony and celebration at the Pomaika‘i Ballrooms in Honolulu. The special event includes dinner, presentation of the Honor Awards and silent auction of Hawaiiana art and memorabilia.
The annual Preservation Honor Awards offer the local community an opportunity to share, recognize and applaud excellence in historic preservation in the Hawaiian Islands. Presented annually since 1975, the awards bring together architects, contractors, planners, developers, historians, archaeologists, landowners and others who contribute to preservation projects.
The awards ceremony will also include the presentation of the eighth annual Frank Haines Award to educators Jane Kurahara and Betsy Young.
Kurahara and Young are volunteers with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, working on the effort to identify, document, evaluate and plan for the preservation of the World War II-era confinement camp site in Oahu. Their efforts reached fruition in February 2015 when President Barack Obama designated the Honouliuli National Monument, ensuring its future preservation.
The Haines Award was established in 2009 and named for master architect Frank Haines, FAIA. It’s presented to individuals who have demonstrated sustained and outstanding achievements in the areas of preserving the significant historic and cultural places of Hawaii.
The Haines Award headlined the annual ceremony, which also included Preservation Honor Awards in three categories: Preservation Award for specific projects that preserved, rehabilitated, or restored a historic property; Preservation Commendation for individuals, organizations or government agencies that engaged in advocacy, educational, programmatic or other activity supporting preservation efforts, either for a specific historic property or through a broad-based program; and Achievements in Interpretive Media for a printed publication or visual presentation that interpreted the history, preservation or physical characteristics of a historic property.
Maui is represented in the Preservation Award Category, which went to Agawa Home Rehabilitation (Lahaina). The home, located within Lahaina’s National Historic Landmark District, was the residence of one of the first Japanese lunas (supervisors) at the Pioneer Mill. It was rehabilitated and will ultimately provide a location for Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Plantation Era Education Center. Honorees are Lahaina Restoration Foundation; Lincoln Construction and Garden View, Inc.
Hana and Lanai are honored in the Preservation Commendation Category for the “E ‘Ike Hou Ia Lanai” Education Program and the Hana Belt Road Historic District State Bridges Preservation Plan.
Lanai Guide-GPS Web-Enabled Application for Storied Places of Lanai is honored in the Interpretive Media Category. Also honored in the category is Molokai’s “The Pride of a Nation” video, a five-minute introduction to the history of Kalaupapa that focuses on the people who were sent there because of a diagnosis of leprosy or as family members to patients.
Anniversary Recognitions, in celebration of the rich history of the kama‘aina companies, organizations and institutions that are an important and integral part of the singular culture of the Hawaiian Islands, will also be presented.
An Anniversary Recognition is going to Hawaiian Electric (125 years) and Ka‘ono‘ulu Ranch (100 years).
The Historic Hawaii Foundation’s preservation awards have been presented annually since 1975. They are Hawaii’s highest recognition of projects that perpetuate, rehabilitate, restore or interpret the state’s architectural and cultural heritage.
Honorees are selected by a committee comprised of professionals in architecture, history, planning, landscape architecture, architectural history and media. Each nomination is considered on its own merits and not in competition with others.
Photo of the Hana Highway bridge over Waikani Stream: Fung Associates, Inc.