DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Traditional agricultural field systems of Hawai’i are focus of 2016 state historic preservation calendar

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU — Fans of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ annual State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) photographic calendar will find a unique historic journey in the 2016 edition. It highlights the evolution of Hawaii’s agricultural field systems, from the first Polynesian voyagers, up to the modern revitalization of some systems by nonprofit groups. Proponents of this style of ‘malama ‘aina’ are now enriching lives through sustenance agriculture as well as education and cultural practices.

The beautiful wall calendar was designed by Viki Nasu Design Group, with Ric Noyle providing magnificent photographs of remnants of the vast and complex field systems in the islands. It is produced jointly by the DLNR and the Hawaii Heritage Center.

“We are proud to honor these ancient Hawaiian field systems, some of which have been and are being restored to active agricultural use in modern times,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case. “For more than 30 years the State Historic Preservation calendar has showcased the rich cultural and architectural history of Hawai‘i. DLNR and the Hawai‘i Heritage Center are deeply grateful for the continued support of the following corporate sponsors to share our outstanding treasures with the community,” she said.

■          Alexander & Baldwin Foundation

■          Aukahi

■          Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc.

■          Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation

■          Fung Associates, Inc.

■          Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.

■          INPAC Realty Inc.

■          Larry and Beatrice Ching Foundation

■          Office of Hawaiian Affairs

■          WCIT Architecture

Copies of the “Traditional Agricultural Field Systems of Hawai‘i,” 2016 calendar, which also serves as a tide calendar, will be available for purchase by December 10 from Hawai‘i Heritage Center (1040 Smith St., Honolulu, or by mail at: P.O. Box 37520, Honolulu, HI 96837), as well as at Book Ends in Kailua and Na Mea Hawai‘i/Native Books at Ward Warehouse in Honolulu.

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Media Contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Communications specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320