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Hawaii's Most Endangered Historic Places

Each year, we look for our state’s most endangered historic places through a partnership with the Historic Hawaii Foundation and the State Historic Preservation Division. The list is a call to action, but it’s also a way to appreciate the hidden treasures of our built environment. This year we see Kapahulu Avenue with new eyes, imagine the way plantation workers gathered in the 1900s and consider—if only for a moment—if an ugly building is worth saving.


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“I think the loss of the individual piece diminishes a whole,” says Faulkner, of the Historic Hawaii Foundation.

What can be done?

“The city needs to look at creating a special district there,” says Chapman. “If there was a visionary person in the Planning Department it could become a real economic asset.  It’s been discovered by some restaurants and it’s the kind of place that tourists seek out.”

He also says that the city could create a façade rehabilitation program, using city money and private investment to put up awnings, repaint buildings and give business owners an incentive to harmonize with the street’s architectural heritage.

Kaa Ahupuaa (Lanai)

What is it?

The landscape of the 20,000-acre Kaa Ahupuaa on the west side of Lanai is unspoiled and mostly uncharted, with little known about the cultural sites that pepper the area. However, the cultural importance of the area is undeniable: A limited 2011 survey identified 294 cultural features, such as ceremonial sites, petroglyphs, heiau and burial locations. The ahupuaa also serves an important community purpose, providing food to local subsistence hunters and fishers.

Related links:
Updates: A Look Back at Past Endangered Places

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