Bills aim to save historic sites
The Legislature's Heritage Caucus has developed a package of 17 bills aimed at preserving historic sites throughout the islands.
The caucus, which includes members of both parties from the House and Senate, was formed last year with the goal of protecting local architecture and traditional neighborhoods "by recognizing the historically and culturally significant key structures in our community."
Some of the proposals being pushed by the caucus include:
» Creating a historic-places special fund.
» Securing funds to keep Iolani Palace lit at night year-round.
» Establishing the Waiomina Centennial Commission to commemorate the contributions of Hawaii's ranching community.
» Securing more funds and staffing for the state Historic Preservation Division.
» Providing tax credits for improvements to historic-preservation properties.
» Creating a Hawaii Museum of History.
"I believe my colleagues are starting to understand that when you talk about heritage, it can cover many things," said Rep. Cindy Evans (D, Makalawena-Waimea). "I think you'll find it crosses a broad spectrum."
Evans and Rep. Corinne Ching (R, Nuuanu-Liliha-Alewa Heights) are co-founders of the caucus.