9 Most Endangered Historic Sites in Hawaii
This annual list, compiled by the Historic Hawaii Foundation, in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Division, selects some of Hawaii’s most endangered historic places.
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The Wainiha Stream Bridges
After overloaded trucks crushed portions of the bridges in 2004 and 2007, all that has been kept of the original 1957 bridges are the concrete piers—the rest has been temporarily replaced with steel Acrow bridges. The focus now is on reconstruction. M&E Pacific, hired 2 ½ years ago to create reconstruction designs, has not yet presented a design that meets the standards for historic preservation, but recently hired a preservation consultant. Barbara Robeson of the Hanalei Road Committee is hopeful that progress will be made by the end of the year.
Grove Farm Manager’s House
According to Grove Farm Homestead Museum director Robert Schleck, the manager’s house remains in the same (albeit a bit more deteriorated) condition as it was last year. However, Grove Farm Co. senior vice president Mike Tresler says that Grove Farm Co. plans to renovate the Manager’s House and use the home as a clubhouse and make use of its dining and meeting rooms. Finances for the renovation depend on the sale of home sites surrounding the Manager’s House, and Grove Farm is waiting for approval from county agencies to proceed with its community building plans for those sites.
Koloa Jodo Mission
Photo: Sue Boynton
Good news here: The temple is being repaired. According to K-oloa Jodo Mission president Alvin Akimoto, four volunteers from Japan—friends of Rev. Kozo Tanaka, a former minister of the temple—began renovations in September, and will return sometime next year to continue their work. Tanaka is raising funds in Japan for the renovations. The goal is to have a large portion of the temple completed by 2010, but there is no specific timetable, because work depends on funding availability.
The Austin and Pantheon Buildings
Nothing much has changed—the Austin is still home to Restaurant Epic; the Pantheon is still empty and in terrible condition. According to Hawaii Theatre president Sarah Richards, when the theater moves forward with its expansion in 2012 or later, the buildings will be torn down and replaced, but their façades will be reconstructed in accordance with historic Chinatown codes to preserve the look of historic Chinatown.