Kauai Historic Preservation Review Commission marks 30th anniversary

Kauai Historic Preservation Review Commission marks 30th anniversary

LIHUE — The Kauai Historic Preservation Review Commission is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

The KHPRC, which was established in 1986, consists of nine volunteer members that meet monthly. The commission serves as an advisory body for the Department of Planning and the Planning Commission. Additionally, the commission provides recommendations on various aspects of archaeological and building design review of historic resources and development.

“We are very proud that the County of Kauai was the first in the state to begin to facilitate public participation in historic preservation efforts at the local level,” said KHPRC Chair Anne Schneider. “Over the years, our all-volunteer commission has worked hard to ‘protect, preserve, perpetuate, promote, enhance and develop the historic resources of Kauai.’”

Other members of the KHPRC include: Vice Chair Victoria Wichman; Althea Lovell Arinaga; Charlotte Hoomanawanui; David Helder; Deatri Nakea; Lawrence Chaffin Jr.; Patricia Griffin; and Stephen Long.

A major project managed by the commission is the Kauai Historic Resources Inventory and Management Plan. The plan identifies historic properties that are included in an islandwide inventory and is used as a planning tool.

Among the locations included in the historic preservation register are the Lihue Civic Center Historic District and the Kauai Museum, as well as archaeological complexes, fishponds, homes, sugar mills and bridges. The most recent Kauai property that was reviewed by the KHPRC and added to the state register is the Kauai Pineapple Company’s Superintendent’s House in Koloa.

“An important goal in our Holo Holo 2020 vision is to preserve and restore our culturally historic sites,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “I commend the work of the KHPRC and its volunteer members who have been committed to this effort over the course of past three decades, and we look forward to inspiring the next generation to continue this passion and purpose.”

The KHPRC meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. The meetings are open to the public and held at the Lihue Civic Center, Moikeha Building, Rooms 2A/2B.

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