The Historic Hawaii Foundation (HHF) and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce (NSCOC) will host a walking tour of Historic Haleiwa on Saturday,
March 14 with tours starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Refreshments including local, North Shore delicacies will be served.
The event aims to pair people with places that tell the rich history of Haleiwa and share information and stories about the buildings, sites and people who helped shape the history. The tour is geared toward kama'āina who would like to learn more about the historical treasures in their own backyards as well as visitors with an interest in history, architecture and preservation.
"Although I grew up in Haleiwa and Waialua, I never learned the history of the town or district," says Antya Miller, Executive Director of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. "I became involved with Haleiwa Main Street in 1999 to do just that. While doing the research for the Haleiwa Walking Tour, it was so much fun to hear the stories from people I'd known for years, to research the buildings and people who lived in them, and highlights such as hearing the first-hand account of the demolition of the Haleiwa Theater from Captain Haleiwa himself. The tour will not only provide an overview of the historical context, but also share what's historical about Haleiwa Town and who built it."
The 90-minute docent-led tour will include stops at many of the 25 "places of interest" within Haleiwa, including the historic Mutual Telephone Company Building built circa 1930, now the home of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 Robert Fox, George and Florence Fujiwara, and Miller jointly received a Preservation Commendation Award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation for saving and preserving this excellent example of plantation, vernacular architecture from the 1920s and 1930s.
Efforts to preserve Haleiwa have been ongoing over the years, and protecting the town was one of several key preservation issues in the news when the statewide nonprofit organization Historic Hawaii Foundation was founded in 1974. At the time, the possibility of a Department of Transportation-planned bypass could have destroyed wetlands, historic buildings, part of Haleiwa Beach Park and possibly the well-known Anahulu (Rainbow) Bridge.
The community rallied, and the bridge and other historic sites were saved. Haleiwa's designation as a Special District in 1984, the creation of the Haleiwa Main Street Program in 1989 and the amendment of the articles of incorporation in 1990 to widen the purpose of the program to include, "… promotion, preservation and restoration of the culture and architecture of Haleiwa…" have all served to protect this special town.
Tickets for the tour are $25 for HHF and NSCOC Members and $50 for General Admission. Tickets are required and may be
purchased online. Attendees will choose a tour time when registering. Tours will begin approximately every half hour with the last tour beginning at noon. Parking is available at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 66-434B Kamehameha Highway. Participants will drive the middle part of town from the Chamber parking lot to Liliuokalani Church. Questions about the event may be directed to the Historic Hawaii Foundation at (808) 523-2900 or email@example.com.
The Historic Hawaii Foundation is a statewide non-profit organization that encourages the preservation of historic buildings, sites, communities and objects relating to the history of Hawaii. Founded in 1974, Historic Hawaii Foundation has become the driving force behind historic preservation in the state through its core programs of developing a community ethic of historic preservation, supporting smart legislation, and providing technical assistance to make preservation accessible. www.historichawaii.org
Haleiwa Main Street, DBA the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded in 1985 to encourage economic development through historic preservation. Today, the Chamber exists to promote, maintain, and encourage the historic, cultural, civic, and economic welfare of the North Shore district through research, education, advocacy, and other related activities. Visit
www.gonorthshore.org for more information.
Otatara Pā sits on a bluff of what was once a great bay, Te Whanganui a Orotu. A pā is a fortified enclosure with an exterior stockade built for defensive purposes. A second pā, Hikurangi, is located higher on the bluff. The entire complex spans some 40 hectares and was favored by Māoris for its strategic location, expansive views, and access to marine resources. Throughout the area are terraces used for dwelling sites and kumura, sweet potato, storage pits. In 1931, a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the area and forever changed the landscape, raising the bay. What once were shellfish beds is now dry farmland.
We departed Napier for Gisborne at 1900 hours on Saturday evening arriving in port 21 hours later on February 1st (February 2nd HST).
Tūranga a Nui a Kiwa, The Great Standing Place of Kiwa, renamed Gisborne in 1870 is a large coastal port that exports logs for construction timbers. It sits on the shores of Poverty Bay. Captain Cook, who first set foot here in 1769, named this bay so after a skirmish with natives where he killed two Māori warriors, and the people then refused to trade with him. We were welcomed into the community with a traditional Māori powhiri at the docks, and the crew is being housed at Tūranga Ararau, a iwi tertiary education provider.
Monday was a clean up day and the crew watched the Super Bowl in the afternoon. Aotearoa is a day ahead of the U.S. Today, we visited Whangarā and Whitireia Marae, most famous for the 2002 movie Whale Rider. Up on the roof sat a carving of Paikea on the back of a whale. He is the discoverer of Whangara. Students from the Whangara School greeted the crews of Hōkūle'a and the escort boat Tranquility on to the marae.
We spent the day with the students and the teachers and did a star compass demonstration. We ended the afternoon with horseback rides in the ocean while some of the crew surfed the beach break.
Tomorrow we will have students visiting the crew from 10a-6p. Thursday we are visiting another school in Uawa, Tolaga Bay, and then hosting an evening Mālama Honua presentation. Friday is Waitangi Day, a national holiday in New Zealand, and we will be opening up the canoe for tours throughout the day.
Aloha New Yorkers: We're bringing a taste of Hawaii funk and soul to Aloha Friday NYC. Aloha Got Soul, Honolulu's new record label offering rare Hawaiian grooves, has issued a limited-edition 45 from Mike Lundy titled "The Rhythm of Life".
We'll be entering everyone who RSVP'ed for Aloha Friday NYC into a drawing to win one 45.
Beginning this Friday, December 5, the streets of Chinatown will begin to look a lot (more) like Christmas. Eight downtown merchants will display decorated windows as part of the Arts District Merchants Association's inaugural Winter Walk Holiday Decorating Display and Contest.
“We're always looking for ways to bring excitement and crowds to the area," says association volunteer Miki Lee, “So, we thought we'd give it a try."
This year's suggested theme, Angels and Elves, is meant to spark creativity, but don't be surprised if you see other festive characters and scenes. The participants include Fishmarket Studios with Sergio Garzon, The Manifest, Hound & Quail, Next Door, Louis Pohl Gallery, Owens & Co., Madre Chocolate and Tin Can Mailman. And, the public is invited to choose their favorite window displays.
Vote by liking the photos on Winter Walk's Instagram account, or by using the hashtag #winterwalk808 on your own posts. These votes will determine this year's People's Choice winner that will be announced on December 22. The displays will be up for everyone to walk by and see through December 31.
“It's a good start of many things to come," says Lee.
Polyfantastica is a speculative fiction series, delineating 40,000 years of an oceanic human society on a planet named Honua ("Earth" in the Hawaiian language). The collection is divided into four ages—wā—each comprising 10,000 years. Over those millennia, groups rise and fall, technologies are developed and utilized, wars waged and subdued. The Polyfantastica epic echoes the rich tradition of Hawaiian myth, stretching over ages, civilizations and incredible fits of change.
The following is a sample of Polyfantastica. The full series can be viewed at polyfantastica.org.