Hawaii's Most Endangered Historic Sites


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The Dillingham Transportation Building—one of 33 historic sites to be potentially impacted by the Rapid Transit Project.

Photo: Michael Keany

In its defense, the Department of Transportation Services issued the following statement: “Various alternatives were considered before the selection was made of the currently proposed system and alignment. One of the considerations used in the evaluation of the alignments was impacts to environmental resources, such as historic resources.”

What can be done?

According to the DTS, “an agreement to minimize or mitigate the project’s adverse impact on the above historic resources is presently being developed.” Of the 33 identified historic sites, the rapid transit project will affect only the Afuso House, Higa Fourplex, Teixeira House, Lava Rock Curbs, Kapalama Canal Bridge, True Kamani Trees and the Chinatown Marketplace. The effect on the remainder of the 33 resources will be “on setting, feeling and association.”

Anyone interested in giving their input on the future rail-station designs can attend one of the Rail Station Community Workshops. The city held its second workshop, for the Pearlridge rail station, last month. For updates on future workshops, visit www.honolulutransit.org.


Haliimaile Stables (Haliimaile, Maui)

Photo: Matt Thayer

What is it?

The stables, which are located across from the Haliimaile General Store restaurant, were built around 1920 as part of the old Haliimaile plantation village. “The stables were built before my time,” says Eddie Ceballos, who worked as a field hand and service station attendant for Maui Pineapple Co., now Maui Land & Pineapple Co. (ML&P), for 50 years. “The stables were for the mules and horses, which were used to cultivate and plow between the pineapple lines, to keep the weeds down.”

“When I was cognizant of them, it was just past the time when they had been used for the mules and horses,” says Mary “Maizie” Sanford, whose grandfather and father owned and operated Maui Pineapple Co. “I think they were just being used to store different kinds of machinery and vehicles. They’re very picturesque, with all those beautiful trees around them. It would be a shame to lose them.”

What threatens it?

In May 2008, ML&P submitted a building permit application to demolish the stables. When contacted for additional information regarding the demolition and any future plans for the site, ML&P declined to comment.

What can be done?

Because the demolition seems to have been kept fairly under wraps, no one is currently working on an alternative solution. However, Nancy McMahon, the deputy state historic preservation officer for the State Historic Preservation Division, would like to see that the stables remain standing. “I think adaptive reuse for vendors or crafts would be ideal,” says McMahon. But without a community alternative to demolition or the cooperation of ML&P, the stables will likely be destroyed.

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