Hawaii’s Story Really Matters

By Kiersten Faulkner
Wednesday - March 02, 2011 Share

By Kiersten Faulkner, Executive Director
Historic Hawaii Foundation

Hawaii is a very special place. Its historic and cultural sites tell a rich and varied history of our Islands that make them truly a place apart. Hawaii’s story is told in places of commerce, agriculture, education, recreation, worship, community gathering, civic interaction and neighborhoods. These are places of everyday life, as well as sites where events changed the history of the world.

Historic Hawaii Foundation organized in 1974 around a simple concept - the need to preserve and protect the historic and cultural places of Hawaii. For the past 37 years, we have provided a voice for preservation of the places that matter. As a result, historic properties and their stories are still part of our contemporary experience and not consigned to our landfills.

Historic Hawaii Foundation offers programs in three primary areas: educating and building awareness; supporting smart public policy; and providing technical assistance.

Through our Preservation Resource Center, we are involved in more than 400 individual projects annually to assist homeowners, managers of historic sites, developers, community groups and government agencies to help them understand and apply best practices for preservation of our precious heritage.

Tours, classes and expert lectures connect people to places; legislative education keeps preservation top-of-mind during law-making.

HHF members enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Pearl Harbor Visitors Center last month

Preservation is a long-term commitment, involving generations of advocates dedicated to action. Sustaining the effort is the result of a committed membership of individuals and the financial resources from signature annual fundraising events.

Program-specific support is provided by generous sponsors and foundations.

We hope that all people who love Hawaii, who want to see it keep its “soul,” will join us in preserving, celebrating and using places that are historically significant and architecturally distinctive in the Islands. You can learn more or become a member at historichawaii.org.


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