Begun by Representative Corinne Ching, a former elementary school teacher, during her freshman year in 2002, this year’s tenth annual Historic Preservation Awareness Day (HPAD) will take place at the Hawaii State Capitol, on Friday, March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Heritage Caucus organizes the celebration annually in order to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation to the overall well being of Hawaii.  “HPAD was started as a means to connect organizations and policy makers that often have a say in deciding the fate of many historical sites,” said Ching, who also founded the Heritage Caucus.

“This year is a very special year for our district,” said Ching (Liliha-Nuuanu). “We recently filed legislation (H.C.R. 229) that would officially recognize the ‘Historic Liliha Town’, due to it’s long history and preserved local culture. This event will encourage supporters to come out and see what truly makes Liliha unique in the historic community.”

The proposed measure requests both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Transportation Services to update signage in the vicinity of Liliha to recognize the ‘Historic Liliha Town’.  Ching is requesting the community to help schedule a hearing, “Liliha offers the best overall glimpse of true local culture and has already been designated a historic corridor.  It reflects a variety of Hawaii’s multicultural past as well as distinctive historic architecture unique to Hawai’i.  This measure is intended to solidify recognition of ‘Historic Liliha Town’, and encourage heritage tourism in the state.”

The Hawaii Heritage Caucus is a bi-partisan effort by Representative Cindy Evans and Representative Corinne Ching, that seeks to identify, protect, and preserve the state’s cultural resources and foster widespread appreciation of Hawaii’s cultural heritage and built environment.

Historic preservation organizations and leaders from across the State will feature exhibits at the State Capitol’s fourth floor corridors from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..

For further information call Jessica Bursack (808) 586-9415.

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