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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Summer 2002 Hawaii: Management of Historic Properties at Navy Region Hawaii
Hawaii: Management of Historic Properties at Navy Region Hawaii
Agency: U.S. Navy
properties at Navy Region Hawaii, the U.S. Navys largest island
base in the Pacific, will get some much-needed attention thanks to
a recent agreement that helps guide the Navys management of
these important resources.
Many historic properties on the base have deteriorated or are functionally obsolete, including Pearl Harbor properties that still bear the marks of the Japanese attack of December 7, 1941. Under the agreement, the Navy will work with a variety of individuals and organizations to balance the protection of historic sites with national defense mission requirements.
Navy Region Hawaii is the U.S. Navys largest and most strategic island base in the Pacific. Encompassing more than 12,600 acres of land and water, it includes the Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark that commemorates both the 1941 Japanese attack that propelled the United States into World War II and the strategic role the base has played through time in the Pacific. The Pearl Harbor Naval Complex itself contains religious and traditional sites, such as stone-walled fish ponds important to Native Hawaiian culture.
December 7, 1941:
USS Arizona burning at Pearl Harbor, Navy Region Hawaii
(photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
In 1999, members of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation visited Navy Region Hawaii to gain first-hand understanding of the Navys challenges in managing numerous obsolete and deteriorated facilities within the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex. The members were concerned with the condition of the historic properties, and the Navy began plans to update and expand a 20-year-old historic property management plan for Pearl Harbor to cover all historic properties within Navy Region Hawaii.
Contemporary aerial view of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark District, Navy Region Hawaii (photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
ACHP worked with the Navy, the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Officer, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, National Park Service, Historic Hawaii Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Missouri Memorial Association, Inc, and the Outdoor Circle to identify and address historic preservation concerns at Navy Region Hawaii. ACHP also played a central role in coordinating discussions and resolving differences among the consulting parties.
In June 2002, the consulting parties signed an agreement that calls for the Navy to work with a variety of individuals and organizations to balance the protection of historic sites in Navy Region Hawaii with national defense mission requirements.
The agreement, which is expected to serve as a model for other Navy installations, includes a cultural resources management plan that will guide the treatment of historic properties and the design and construction of new facilities.
Staff contact: Lee Keatinge
Posted August 8, 2002
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