Hawaii DLNR Announces Availability of Its 2012 Historic Sites Calendar

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces the availability of its 2012 Historic Sites calendar, “Traditional Hawaiian Sustenance.”

The rich color images, shot mostly by photographer Ric Noyle from the air or on the ground, feature examples of the achievements of Hawaii’s ancient kupuna in food production. Many remnants of ancient fishponds, taro loi, and auwai remain with us today, with a number being revitalized and placed back into production. Some lie hidden in the kuahiwi (upland forest) or buried under hundreds of years of accumulated sediment. However, many are visible to numerous Hawaii residents as they drive to work, or can be seen in a short walk from a public thoroughfare. Others are clearly visible during an inter-island plane ride.

These means of food production were accomplished through the transmitting and absorbing of kupuna (elders’) knowledge and experimentation. The Hawaiian food production systems were innovative and solution driven, developed within the context of a community instilled with a spirit of cooperation to accomplish large scale projects.

Our hope is that these ancient sites will survive and continue to be restored to once again bring people together to provide sustenance, both physical and spiritual, to their communities. They bring hope, admiration, and pride to all.

The calendar also features helpful boating safety tips, tide chart and phases of the moon.

Calendars are now available for purchase from the Hawai‘i Heritage Center. Interested parties can drop by the gallery located at 1040 Smith Street in Chinatown, between King and Hotel Streets or call (808) 521-2749 to order by phone.

The Center is open between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays and closed on all State holidays.

Calendars are $10 each for the first ten purchased. From the 11th calendar purchased, the price is $5 per calendar. There is an additional cost for shipping. Proceeds from calendar sales go to support current or future calendar costs.

The calendar is a project of the DLNR and the Hawai‘i Heritage Center, with funding support provided by the Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, Belt Collins, Chris Hart & Partners, Inc., Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, Fung Associates, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Kuiwalu, Viki Nasu Design Group, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Takitani & Agaran, and Wallace Theaters Management Corp.

Photography is by David Franzen, design and production by Viki Nasu Design Group and printing by Edward Enterprises, Inc.

Astronomical information was provided by Hokulani Imaginarium at Windward Community College. Tide predictions were provided by EKNA Services Inc., Larry E. Browner, P.E.

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