State Seeks Public Input for Hawaii Historic Preservation Plan

January 31, 2022, 1:33 p.m. HST
* Updated January 31 at 11:35 a.m.

Hawaiʻi creates a new five-year historic preservation plan for 2022-2027. Courtesy of the Department of Lands and Natural Resources

The State of Hawaii Division of Historic Preservation is hosting its second virtual town hall meeting on the state’s Historic Preservation Plan on February 8.

The five-year strategic plan creates goals for historic preservation in the state and provides information about the activities of the state’s Division of Historic Preservation.

Hawaiʻi is required to complete this 2022-2027 plan to remain eligible to receive federal funds from the National Park Service. To review the 2012-2017 plan, Click here.

The plan brings together historic preservation professionals and interested community members to find ways to better manage historic properties in Hawaiʻi. The plan assesses historic preservation needs, priorities, goals, challenges and opportunities. It will highlight recommendations for the future management of historic properties in Hawaiʻi.

Historic properties include:

  • Historical monuments
  • Archaeological sites
  • Burials
  • Aeronautical artifacts
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Historic neighborhoods such as Chinatown
  • Law
  • Fish ponds
  • Heiau (places of worship) and traditional cultural properties
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Community input is essential to effective historic preservation planning and this plan will be informed by general feedback from these meetings. All comments related to historic preservation are welcome at these meetings. Feedback from these first two scoping meetings will be used to help develop thematic and future-oriented public meetings, according to a press release from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

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The meeting on February 8 will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The link to the meeting and the link to RSVP to provide a public testimony are available on the State Historic Preservation Division website. If you do not wish to testify and simply wish to listen, you do not need to RSVP.

Public testimony will be limited to three minutes. The public can also submit a written testimonial to [email protected]

Although division staff cannot answer questions at this meeting, if you write to the division with questions in advance, staff members will do their best to answer you.

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The third public meeting will take place in early March on a date to be determined. You can write to the Preservation Plan email address to be notified of upcoming meetings.

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