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Free community seminars share local preservation projects’ best practices and lessons learned

June 6, 2019
Lahaina News

LAHAINA - Historic Hawaii Foundation (HHF), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), will offer free community seminars in Lahaina and Kahului later this month.

"We are harnessing the expertise and experience of our local communities at our annual preservation seminars this June," said Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of the Historic Hawaii Foundation.

"Each seminar will share three successful island-specific preservation projects. Project leaders and stewards will present an overview of their projects, including their initial goals, desired outcome, lessons learned and advice for others doing a similar project.

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Theo Morrison of Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF) will share tips on navigating the permitting process and garnering fundraising support through the lens of one of LRF’s preservation projects.

"This type of peer-to-peer sharing of hands-on preservation has the potential to inspire and enlighten community members who have thought about or are already engaged in saving places they care about in their neighborhoods. Encouraging communities to share local resources and experience benefits everyone and results in more effective protection of the irreplaceable historic treasures that make Hawaii exceptional."

The Maui seminars will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, in the Lahainaluna High School Cafeteria, and Friday, June 21, in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Morgado Hall.

Mary Orwig will share the evolution of the Makawao History Museum with a focus on the role of interpretation, community stewardship and partnerships.

The museum offers a glimpse into old-time Upcountry Maui with artifacts, photos and history dating back to ancient times.

While the charm of Makawao has been retained in the buildings, in the past there was no way for residents and visitors to learn the story and history of these buildings and the community.

The Makawao History Museum allows the public an opportunity to learn about and experience the history of this unique Upcountry community while preserving its history and culture.

Theo Morrison of Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF) will share tips on navigating the permitting process and garnering fundraising support through the lens of one of LRF's preservation projects.

The case studies, part one of the seminar, will illustrate various types of preservation activities, tools and resources, best practices, tips and guidelines, and common mistakes to avoid for historic preservation.

Part two of the seminar offers interactive breakout sessions facilitated by subject matter experts that present a deeper dive into topics that are part of overall preservation project planning.

Topics include zoning, building, planning, permitting, regulatory compliance, tips for successful grant writing, researching and preparing nominations for the historic registers and standards, and guidelines for historic buildings.

Additional presenters will include Dr. Elaine Jackson-Retondo of the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office and Faulkner.

Funding for the workshops is provided by the National Park Service and Historic Hawaii Foundation.

The seminars are free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Information and online registration is available at

Questions about the seminars may be directed to Historic Hawaii Foundation at (808) 523-2900 or



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