Historic Hawai‘i Foundation honors county

LIHU‘E — The County of Kaua‘i was among those recently honored by the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation for exemplary achievement in the field of historic preservation.

A Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the Historic County Building was presented to the county last week at the 37th annual Preservation Honor Awards ceremony in Honolulu. Managing Director Gary Heu and Yvette Sahut, legislative assistant to the County Council, accepted the award on behalf of the county.

“Receiving this award is a testament to the high level of commitment that everyone who played a part in this project had to restoring the original design of the Historic County Building and preserving it for future generations,” said Heu. “We are especially grateful to Phyllis Kunimura and Robert Schleck, co-chairs of the Kaua’i County Building Restoration Committee, for their vision and perseverance.”

Other honorees involved in the project included Kaua‘i Historical Society, Mason Architects, Shioi Construction, Portech Engineering; Martin & Chock, Prepose Engineering Systems; Douglas Engineering Pacific, and AMEL Technologies.

Other Kaua‘i projects recognized at the awards ceremony included the keepsake volume “Lihu‘e Mill: Grinding Cane & Building Community.”

This joint effort of Pahio Development Inc. and Lihu‘e MS; Island Strategy, LLC and Barbara Pope Book Design, received a Presentation Media Award for its interpretation of the history and physical characteristics of a building that played a significant role in the shaping of Kaua‘i’s history.

Holo Holo Koloa Scenic Byway project garnered a Preservation Commendation for the community effort that developed a historic corridor to give travelers a look at the historic and socio-economic evolution of the Koloa-Po‘ipu area.

It was spearheaded by the Koloa Community Association and Hui Malama O Koloa in partnership with the Po‘ipu Beach Resort Association, Ho‘okuleana LLC and the state Department of Transportation.


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