Both the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Historic Paces can be accessed via the web to read all the nominations in Hawaiʻi. In the future, the Historic Honokaa Project will put an additional 16 buildings on the State Register, and from there they will go to the National Register for listing on the National register of Historic Places. Currently, Honokaa has several properties listed on the State Register, with recommendations to the National Register pending. Located on Mamane Street, they include the Ferriera Building, the People's Theater, the Honokaa Hotel Club, and the old Honokaa High School building. More can be learned about four of the properties here on our website, and we will host additional nominations as they become available.
According to the Department of the Interior, "The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Services National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources."
National Register properties have significance to the history of their community, state, or the nation. Private individuals and organizations, local governments, and American Indian tribes can initiate this process and prepare the necessary documentation. A professional review board in each state considers the property proposed for listing and makes a recommendation on its eligibility. In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the State and National Registers provides eligibility for certain tax provisions and qualification for Federal grants for historic preservation, when funds are available. Owners of private property listed on the National Register are free to maintain, manage, or dispose of their property as they choose, provided that no Federal monies are involved.
A total of 334 NRHP listings appear on all but one of Hawaiʻi’s main islands and in all of its five counties. Included are houses, schools, archeological sites, ships, shipwrecks and various other types of listings. These properties and districts are listed by island, beginning at the northwestern end of the chain.
In Hawaiʻi, in order for a place property to be nominated for to the National Register it must first be recognized and approved by the State Historic Preservation Officer. The State Historic Preservation Division is the official keeper of the Hawaiʻi Register of Historic Places. Their office maintains the files for those properties on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in Hawaiʻi that can be viewed by the public on their website or physically at their office in Kapolei, Oʻahu.
The following completed nomination forms are available for download.