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Pacific Aviation Museum Now Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution – Free Day Coming Up

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has recently been named the newest Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, as part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliates Program, it was announced by Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

“The Smithsonian Affiliations Program is an expansive network of 150+ museums and educational organizations that demonstrate excellence in the field of historic preservation and education and we’re delighted to be selected to be a member of this esteemed organization,” DeHoff said.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s association with the Smithsonian Institution means access to artifact loans, traveling exhibitions and education programs from the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum, as well as from other Affiliate museums. The Museum is hosting a private reception on Thursday, September 20, 5:30 to 7:30PM to celebrate its Smithsonian Affiliate status.

Again this year, the Museum will be participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! with free admission to the Museum on September 29 with tickets from: .http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket/

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. It provides educational programs for adults and children and is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. Opened December 6, 2006, it has been ranked by TripAdvisor as one of the “top ten aviation attractions” in the nation.  Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets, information and to download a coupon for a free combat simulator flight.

State Historic Preservation Plan (Draft) Now Available for Review

The latest draft of the State Historic Preservation Plan is now available for your review.   To read the draft click here State Historic Preservation Plan.  Please note that formatting, addition of Hawaiian grammatical marks, pictures and several of the appendices will be completed with the next iteration of the plan.

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Please send any comments about the draft to  raubrey@smshawaii.com by September 17, 2012.

What we are doing and why?

The development and implementation of a comprehensive statewide historic preservation plan is one of the responsibilities of each State Historic Preservation Office, as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act.

South Point Burial Site

The key features of this approach to historic preservation planning are:

  • The plan has a statewide focus. The statewide preservation plan pays attention to preservation issues and players all across the state.
  • There is active public involvement, not only in developing the vision, issues, and goals of the plan, but also in helping achieve these goals.
  • A wide variety of preservation-relevant information on social, economic, political, legal, and environmental conditions and trends is brought to bear in the identification and assessment of issues affecting resource preservation.
  • The plan addresses the full range of historic and cultural resources throughout the state. This means that within a single plan document, all resources representing the breadth and depth of a state’s history, prehistory, and culture are considered. This includes buildings, structures, objects, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, designed and vernacular landscapes, traditional cultural properties, and underwater historic resources.
  • There is coordination with other planning efforts in the state, such as federally mandated transportation planning, the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan, and local land-use plans.
  • Plan implementation is linked directly to SHPO expenditures of their federal Historic Preservation Fund grant.

The last National Park Service approved plan for Hawai’i was in 2001, a report draft was completed in 2009, but not approved, and the 2012 planning process is currently underway. This site describes the process that is being undertaken and we welcome your involvement.

More information here: Hawaii Historic Preservation Plan


Proposed Bill Would End Protection of Iwi Kupuna

Received from a source.  This unconstitutional proposed bill (LNR-07(12)_Burial_bill_rev.10-17-11-1) would end protection of the iwi kupuna and would make sure that Native Hawaiian ‘ohana cannot protect their iwi kupuna.  What’s more, it would cost $60,000 MORE per year to have one state-wide burial council versus the current system of a burial council for each island.

I am still researching to discover which legislators are sponsoring this evil bill.  I know that current State Historic Preservation Division Director, Pua Aiu, who is of Native Hawaiian descent, spoke in favor of this concept at the annual Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs convention this past November.  People attending the convention were outraged since the SHPD and Pua Aiu have already broken many burial laws to the extent that the National Park Service is not funding their $1,2 million grant for the first time ever.

Please help stop this bill before it even makes it into committee.  Call your representatives today.  Tell them to fix the system in favor of Native Hawaiian ‘ohana and the iwi kupuna, instead of making it more favorable for real estate developers.


Charles Flaherty