Hawaii's Most Endangered Historic Sites
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Coco Palms Resort | Kapaa, Kauai
Last spring, the Kauai Planning Commission awarded Coco Palms owner, Phil Ross, a three-year extension on all his permits, pushing the project’s targeted completion date from 2010 to 2013. But the Coco Palms is far from regaining the shine of its glory years. Ross still doesn’t have enough investors. The extension also came with three strict conditions (include cleaning and restoring the coconut grove) that must be completed within six months of the April hearing.
Engineering Quad | UH Manoa Campus, Oahu
Two of the original four endangered buildings will be incorporated into the new recreational center. Eric Crispin, associate vice chancellor for financial and physical resources management, told us that buildings 31 D (commonly known as the Ka Leo building) and 31 C will be saved in a compromise that he called “reasonable and workable.” The decision was reached last spring by the design team, the campus center students and the SHPD. Construction is scheduled to start in 2010.
The Auwai of Nuuanu Valley | Nuuanu, Oahu
The Nuuanu Valley Auwai Study Group is maintaining its efforts to upkeep these traditional Hawaiian ditches. “Every auwai has one more luna wai or supervisor responsible for its maintenance,” says Shannon Wilson. The group also tries to raise awareness through its monthly meetings and is planning a fundraiser at the Queen Emma Summer Palace in October. “We hope to put a section of the auwai system on the National Register and to extend our educational outreach and explain the historic significance of the system,” says Wilson.
Jenny Quill is a Honolulu-based freelance writer. Her last piece for the magazine was “The Dollars and Sense of Paying for Private School.”