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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Spring 2004 Hawaii: Partial Demolition of the Moanalua Shopping Center, Oahu
Hawaii: Partial Demolition of the Moanalua Shopping Center, Oahu
Agency: U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy proposes to demolish a portion of the Moanalua Shopping Center in the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex at Oahu, Hawaii, to construct a new Navy community support facility and a commercial facility owned by a private developer.
Moanalua Community Church stained glass window, Oahu, Hawaii (staff photo)
The shopping center, constructed in the early 1950s, has been determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The shopping center contains the National Register-eligible Moanalua Community Church, constructed in 1957 and listed in the Hawaii Register of Historic Places.
The church building is a good example of a large A-frame structure with exposed, glue-laminated beams. The main façade is entirely stained glass and depicts many historical events related to Navy history, including the Nautilus submarine and the atomic age.
In September 2003, the ACHP met with the Navy and toured the shopping center and church with representatives from the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Officer, the Historic Hawaii Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the church community, which is dismayed that the Navys project may result in the demolition of their church building.
Since September, the Navy has circulated several drafts of a Memorandum of Agreement for review by the projects consulting parties. A current version stipulates that the Navy will develop a Request for Proposals that requires an offeror to preserve the church and its stained glass window either by continuing to use it for religious purposes or adapting it for any other purpose permitted by the Navys lease.
If the Navy determines that preservation in place is not feasible, the offeror is encouraged to relocate the church structure. Any plans for the churchs relocation will be reviewed by the agreements consulting parties.
To date, the Hawaii Conference Foundation, which represents the church
communities, and the Historic Hawaii Foundation have declined to sign
the agreement, and the National Trust has expressed its concerns about
the project. The Hawaii State Historic Preservation Officer has signed
the agreement, while the ACHPs decision about the agreement will
be made shortly.
Staff contact: Lee
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