The Hawai’i Loa Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will honor and recognize those who have dedicated themselves to conserving the dryland forest of the Kohala District and those who have preserved the history of the Kona District of Hawai’i County. Presentations will be held during the September 17, 2016 DAR chapter meeting at the West Hawaii Civic Center located at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy. in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawai’i.
Preceding the meeting, a reception will be held for our honored recipients between 10:00 and 10:20 a.m. in Conference Room A and the chapter meeting and award presentations will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers. The meeting is expected to conclude at 12:30 p.m.
NSDAR CONSERVATION MEDAL
The NSDAR Conservation Medal recognizes an adult with a distinguished volunteer conservation record that includes outstanding efforts in wildlife and nature centers; resource management; park establishment; youth leadership; conservation related media; and education on the college, high school, junior high school, middle school, or elementary school level.
Beverley Brand, NSDAR Conservation Medal Recipient
In 2004, wiliwili trees were in danger of disappearing due to contractors removing them from the Waikoloa Village area and replanting them at the resort properties located nearby. In an effort to prevent any additional transplanting, Beverley Brand led the charge to obtain a lease on 275 acres of land that would later become the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve. Furthermore, she formed a committee of people who would later found the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative (WDFI) that allowed her to obtain funding, develop educational programs, and collaborate with professionals and state and federal agencies to ensure that these trees would be preserved and protected.
Her efforts have provided local jobs, protected tropical lowland dry forest (which is one of the most endangered forest types in the world), helped recovery efforts for rare and endangered Hawaiian plants, and provided a venue for youth to learn about and participate in conservation through experiential education activities.
Today, Beverley serves as president on the WDFl Board and continues to be a guiding force of the project. Her energy and enthusiasm for this work has inspired countless others to join the effort and the preserve at Waikoloa Dry Forest is now counted among the top dry forest restoration projects on Hawai’i Island.
NSDAR HISTORIC PRESERVATION RECOGNITION AWARD
The Historic Preservation Recognition Award recognizes and honors an individual or group that has done recent remarkable volunteer work at the community level. The award recognizes achievements in all areas of historic preservation: buildings, landmarks, monuments, cemeteries, historic districts, statues, museum collections, manuscripts, documents, and archival materials. It also includes writing or compiling and publishing books on historic preservation projects, historical properties, genealogical and court house records, and photography collections; as well as compiling oral histories; and serving as historical guides, interpreters or docents.
NSDAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award Recipients: Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins
One of our nation’s treasures, the Hulihe’e Palace, is preserved through the courageous, imaginative, and undaunted efforts of the Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins.
The Daughters of Hawai‘i were organized in 1903 by seven Kama’āina women who feared the loss of Hawaiian culture. To preserve their culture, the Daughters have restored and currently maintain the only two furnished palaces within the United States which were used by former Hawaiian Royalty. One is the summer palace of Queen Emma located on the island of Oahu and the other is the Hulihe’e Palace located on the island of Hawai’i.
In 1986, the Calabash Cousins (of the Daughters of Hawai’i) was officially established to assist in raising funds and participate in the ongoing preservation efforts. Many are docents and help with preservation activities and fundraisers.
For many visitors, the Hulihe’e Palace is a first stop during their time here. Keeping history alive in our community and educating our many visitors to the island, Hulihe’e Palace remains the jewel it is because of the hard work and devotion of the Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins.
NSDAR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The NSDAR Community Service Award allows an opportunity for chapters and states to recognize worthy individuals and organizations for outstanding unpaid voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors.
Ann Kern and the Kona Historical Society – NSDAR Community Service Award Recipients
The Kona Historical Society is a community based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1976 to collect, preserve and share the history of the Kona districts supported by over 1000 members internationally. Society member Ann Kern created the Hanohano O’ Kona (Honoring Kona), a free lecture series offered monthly to the community. Speakers and coordinators of the series donate their time lecturing on topics pertinent to Kona’s history. Today, Ann Kern serves as coordinator of the lecture series while also serving as lead interpreter for the Kona Historical Society’s Kailua Village Walking Tour and Greenwell Store Living History Museum.