Hawaii's Most Endangered Historic Places 2012


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The hangar was bombed twice during World War II. If restoration happens, the first goal would be to stabilize the building, says Barry Stieglitz.

photo: courtesy u.s. fish and wildlife service

What Threatens It?

The hangar has holes in its roof and inoperable bay doors, which have allowed rain, wind and salt air to do their worst. Factor in millions of seabirds, too, as their droppings are caustic. A plan to rehab the building was quite far along—Ferraro and Choi had developed drawings and contractor bids had been sought, but, in 2012, all plans were scrapped due to federal funding shortages. The estimated price tag is more than $20 million, says Stieglitz. “Given its remoteness and lack of access by the general public—1,250 miles from Honolulu—available maintenance funding has been prioritized for other projects.”

What Can Be Done?

Susan Schulmeister, the refuge manager for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial, reports that conversations have started with a nonprofit, Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The group “strongly supports the refuge in its efforts to protect and restore both the biological diversity and historic resources of Midway Atoll,” says member Rob Shallenberger. “The seaplane hangar has a widely recognized historic value. We believe that it will take a coalition of congressional supporters, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and individual donors who share a common vision for the restoration and reuse of the hangar.”

Rice cultivation began in Hanalei in 1882, necessitating this originally timber pier. It's been reconstructed with concrete since then.

photo: library of congress

Hanalei Pier Canopy (Hanalei, Kauai)

What Is It?

Originally built for rice transportation, this picturesque pier is now valued for recreational use. “It’s a historic part of Hanalei and it’s important to the community for fishing and picnicking,” says Barbara Robeson, a longtime resident and a consultant on preservation projects. A canopy at the pier’s end is  integral to its look.

photo: david croxford

What Threatens it?

The pier was reconstructed in the 1990s and is in good shape, but the large canopied area at the end of the pier shed is not. “You have the roof broken apart, the posts are rotting. It’s very dangerous,” says Sally Motta, deputy director of finance for the County of Kauai and treasurer for the Rotary Club of Hanalei Foundation. The Rotary Club of Hanalei has been raising funds in preparation to either fix or replace the structure. Joe Borden, of the State Department of Land & Natural Resources, Kauai Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, says the department plans to demolish the structure.

What Can Be Done?

When the demolition goes through, likely this fall, all is not lost, says Borden. The state plans to partner with the Rotary in an “adopt-a-harbor”-type arrangement. Borden says the state will pay for the demolition, and the Rotary will rebuild the canopy. Motta says the Rotary has raised $127,000 in donations for the product so far. “We know it will take at least $150,000. Leftover money will be put into a fund for maintenance and repair. These funds are coming from people in our community and from visitors, people who have been coming here for years. I’ve never been so impressed or proud of a community.”

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