Preserving historic cemeteries to be highlighted in experts’ lectures

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal Caretakers maintain the graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal
Caretakers maintain the graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Historic Hawaii Foundation
News Release

HONOLULU — Six free public lectures will explore current issues and opportunities in preserving historic cemeteries through the annual historic preservation “Experts” lecture series, beginning Jan. 29.

The series will be held this year at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum at 250 South Hotel St.

The theme of the 2015 lectures is “Preserving Our Historic Cemeteries.”

“Significant to all cultures and peoples, this is a subject of special concern in Hawai‘i where burial sites of Native Hawaiians have long suffered from development pressures and lack of understanding. Increasingly, too, many gravesites in Hawai‘i, including former plantation cemeteries and graveyards associated with rural chapels throughout the islands, are threatened by neglect and diminishing maintenance and care.

This series will serve as a first step in a greater effort to bring these concerns before the public,” notes Dr. William R. Chapman, director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa and curator of the series.

•Jan. 29: Nanette Napoleon, Hawai‘i Cemetery Research Project, “Gravestones and History: Cemeteries as Genealogical Resources.”

•Feb. 5: Scott Pawlowski, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Park, “The Arizona Memorial: Maintaining a War Grave.”

•Feb. 12: Tonia Moy and Louis Fung, Fung Associates, “Punchbowl Memorial: Honoring Our Wartime Sacrifices.”

•Feb. 19: Laura Ruby, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, “The Mo‘ili‘ili Japanese Cemetery: Preserving a Community Landmark.”

•Feb. 26: Richard Miller, Kalaupapa National Historic Park, “Saving a Special Heritage: Grave Marker Preservation at Kalaupapa.”

March 5: Jessica Puff and Regina Hilo, Hawai‘i State Historic Preservation Division, “Evaluating and Nominating Cemeteries and Burial Places: The State and National Register of Historic Places.”

All lectures are open to the public, free of charge and take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum located in the No. 1 Capitol Building at 250 South Hotel St.


Expert lectures

Created in 1988, the series began as a collaboration between the Historic Preservation Program, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Historic Hawai‘i Foundation; and the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace.

Now in its 28th year, the lectures provide kama‘āina and tourists alike the opportunity to explore in more depth a particular aspect of the rich history of Hawai‘i.

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization that encourages the preservation of historic buildings, sites, communities and objects relating to the history of Hawai‘i. Visit

Historic Preservation Program, Dept. of American Studies, UH at Mānoa, established a Graduate Certificate Program in Historic Preservation in 1986. The program, as part of the Dept. of American Studies, attempts to keep issues of cultural identity and the recognition of traditional cultural properties and heritage at the forefront of discussions and instruction. Visit

The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace organization supports, guides and manages Palace activities, providing caring stewardship for this Hawaiian landmark and national treasure. Visit

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