Isle homes join historic registry
The six houses will be recommended for national recognition
Six Hawaii homes have been added to the Hawaii Register of Historic Places.
They join nearly 700 Hawaii sites already listed on the Hawaii and national registers of historic places.
"These historic structures and cultural resources are what connect us to the past, and they can teach us a great deal," said Peter Young, state Department of Land a nd Natural Resources chairman.
The historic homes are:
» The Mervin and Marian Williams Residence in Manoa, one of the few modern homes that's been placed on the register.
» The Lemon Wond Holt Residence in Wilhemina Rise, a "fantasy picturesque style" home built in the late 1920s or early 1930s.
» Laniakea, or the Asa and Lucy Thurston home in North Kona. The site is tied to the Protestant missionary movement in the islands between 1820 and 1861.
» The Lyman Residence in Alewa Heights, one of the few remaining shingle-style homes of the early 1900s in Honolulu.
» The Skorpen Residence in Maunalani Heights, built in the late 1920s and using a mix of American house forms to adapt to Hawaii's climate.
» The George Miller House on Ocean View Drive in Kaimuki, a rare example of plantation-style architecture.
The homes will also be recommended for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Owners of properties on the national and Hawaii registers can get tax incentives and other funding. Sites on the list include buildings, districts, objects and homes.
State awards 300 Big Island homesteads
The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has awarded 300 homestead leases in Kealakehe, Kona, as part of a planned community called the Villages of La'i Opua.
Infrastructure development for the 6,000-square-foot lots is scheduled in two increments, beginning in June. But the actual construction of the 300 homes won't begin until 2007 and 2008, with completion dates a year later, respectively, according to state officials.
The new homes will be adjacent to the original community of the same name, which sits on a hillside above Kealakehe High School and the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor.
The leases were awarded under the department's Undivided Interest Award Program, which gives the beneficiaries more time to move and qualify for a loan.
The community master plan calls for a hospital, higher education facilities and other features so residents can live, work, play and attend school in the same area, according to state officials.