Haleiwa walkabout highlights historic past
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.