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A five-year strategic plan for historic preservation in Hawaii is under review, with the first in a series of public meetings scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, the state Department of Lands and Natural Resources said.

The 2022-2027 Statewide Historic Preservation Plan aims to bring together historic preservation professionals and interested community members to find ways to better manage the state’s historic properties. The plan assesses historic preservation needs, priorities, goals, challenges and opportunities and will highlight recommendations for the future management of historic properties in Hawaii.

Historic assets include, but are not limited to: historic buildings, archaeological sites, burials, aviation artifacts, cultural landscapes, historic districts such as Chinatown, lo’i, fish ponds, heiau and traditional cultural property.

Completion of the plan is necessary for Hawaii to remain eligible to receive federal funds from the National Park Service.

The plan will be informed by general feedback from public meetings, a DLNR press release said. Feedback from the first two meetings will also be used to help shape future targeted and thematic public meetings.

To access a link to the meeting, visit the State’s Division of Historic Preservation website at

Anyone wishing to testify should RSVP via the Preservation Plan email address at [email protected] Public testimony will be limited to three minutes. People are encouraged to submit a written testimonial to the email address. Although division staff cannot answer questions at the meeting, they will do their best to answer any questions submitted in advance, DLNR said. Those who prefer to listen and not testify do not need to RSVP.

The second meeting will take place in early February, with a date and time to be determined. Community members who wish to be notified of upcoming meetings can write to the Preservation Plan email address.

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