Updates: A Look Back at Past Endangered Places

photo: josh fletcher

Lapakahi (North Kohala, Hawaii)

In 2010, we happily reported that the state raised the money to aquire Lapakahi, a 17-acre private property completely surrounded by a state historical park, to create seamless parkland. This August, the transfer was complete, and the area will stay preserved as a state park.


photo: courtesy rev. kosen ishikawa


Koloa Jodo Mission (Koloa, Kauai)

Built in 1910 by Japanese immigrants, the Koloa Jodo Mission had fallen into disrepair when it made the list in 2007. In 2008, when we last checked in, the renovations had begun thanks to volunteers from Japan, who also brought in builders specializing in temple architecture. In June 2010, the building was completed, and painted, and a new Japanese garden was added for the dedication.



photo: macario


The Kalahikiola Congregational Church (Kohala, Big Island)

In 2006, an earthquake took down the walls of this church, built in 1855. At the time, there was worry insurance wouldn’t cover the significant cost of rebuilding all the walls.

“It was completely restored and looks better than it ever did. We finished about a year ago,” says Glenn Mason, the architect hired to rebuild the church.

Mason said they were able to spare the original roof, all but one window and an arch that predates the church, which was restored using historic techniques.

“The original building was made out of rounded boulders that are actually really weak. We took most of the wall down and rebuilt it with concrete, but we used all the original stone to build a wall around the building,” Mason added.


photo: victoria wiseman


Ewa Field (Ewa, Oahu)

In 2008, we profiled Ewa Field, the historic World Ward II airfield which—at that point—had been partially transferred into the hands of private developers.

There’s room for cautious optimism: No massive box stores have moved in. We also learned that fewer than half of the historic revetments, still under the Navy’s control, are being adaptively reused by the Barbers Point Riding Club as horse stables.

“They’ve actually been in use here since 1960,” says Valerie Van der Veer, who runs the site militarystables.com and boards horses at the Ewa revetments. “So far, we’ve been left untouched.” But the lease for the club expired in June of this year and was only extended for another year.



photo: richard cooke III




Pioneer Mill Smokestack (Lahaina, Maui)

In 2010, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, with a 20-year lease for the smokestack in hand, completed its restoration. They made an interesting discovery, too. The date 1860, painted on the exterior of the smokestack, was carved into the structure as 1928. Eighteen-sixty was the year the Pioneer Mill Sugar Co. was founded, so the smokestack was repainted to reflect that original, painted date.



photo: courtesy lahaina restoration foundation




Kalanianaole Hall (Kalamaula, Molokai)

The slow road to restoring this Molokai meeting hall, first taken up by the Molokai Enterprise Community in 2003, was finally completed in early 2010, and the hall is being used as a community center once again.