STAR-BULLETIN / 1991
Richard's Shopping Center was a community hub in Lanai City in 1991. The city has been named in an annual list of "Hawaii's Most Endangered Places." CLICK FOR LARGE
Lanai City among 9 endangered isle sites
The annual list of "Hawaii's Most Endangered Places" includes monuments, grand estates and, for the first time, a community -- Lanai City.
Every year, the Historic Hawai'i Foundation picks the state's most endangered historic places in cooperation with Honolulu Magazine and the state Historic Preservation Division.
This year's list of nine sites "represents the history of our community, and includes sites that are threatened by, among other things, neglect, insufficient funding and development," said Peter Young, Department of Land and Natural Resources chairman.
Also on the list are: Queen Theater in Kaimuki, the plantation manager's mansion in Ewa Villages, Kokee State Park on Kauai, Gulick-Powell House on Kauai, Puunene Congregational Church on Maui, Walker Estate in Nuuanu and the Mapulehu Glass House on Molokai.
The prospective buyer for Walker Estate, TR Partner, withdrew plans to purchase and demolish the property after public outcry.
Inclusion on the list doesn't protect or preserve the sites, but those involved hope it will bring awareness to the sites and inspire the community to take action.
Olelo will air a discussion of these sites with panelists Kiersten Faulkner, director of the Historic Hawaii Foundation; Melanie Chinen, director of State Historic Preservation Division; and Michael Keany, Honolulu Magazine writer.
The show airs Thursday at 7 p.m. on Olelo channel 53 on Oahu. For information on air dates on the neighbor islands, contact the island public cable access channel.
The list is featured in the November issue of Honolulu Magazine. Visit www.historichawaii.org for information.