From The Lana’i Times Community Email. Submitted by Joana Varawa, Editor
A Special Notice Concerning the Lana’i City Business District
There will be a Public Meeting, April 2, at 10 a.m. at the school cafeteria to hear your views on the nomination of the Lana’i City Business Country Town to the Hawai’i Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Division.
The Maui County Department of Planning has nominated the Business District to the Hawai’i Register of Historic Places. This nomination recognizes and underscores the importance to the history of Maui County and the State of Hawai’i of the cultural resources and unique architecture contained in Lanai’s Business District, which was laid out in 1923 as the first planned community in the Territory of Hawai’i.
If you cannot attend in person, petitions supporting the nomination are available at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Fraser Avenue, open 1-5 p.m. Written testimony will be accepted through April 1; please mail your testimony to: Stanley Solamillo, Maui County Cultural Resources Commission, 250 High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793, or fax to Stanley Solamillo at 808-270-6290. All communications should reference the “Lana’i City BCT nomination to the Hawai’i Register of Historic Places” or “Maui County Historic District No. 4.”
The nomination does not yet include the old Labor Yard area, so if you would like to see it included, you may also indicate this in your testimony (i.e. “Please include the HAPCo shops, associated buildings and base yard in the suggested HRHP boundaries.”)
Among the benefits of the nomination would be attracting more visitors to our island and to the town, and increasing economic benefits for the land owner(s) and lease holders of buildings located in the district.