Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lanai City named an endangered historic site

Lanai City has been named an endangered historic site by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. According to today's press release:

One of Hawaii’s eight main islands, Lāna‘i, known as the “Pineapple Isle,” has lush tropical beaches, breathtaking natural beauty, lavish resorts and one attraction none of the other islands can claim: an intact plantation town. Lāna‘i City, built by pineapple baron James Dole in the 1920s, features plantation-style homes, a laundromat, jail, courthouse and police station, and is now threatened by a large-scale commercial development calling for the destruction or significant alteration of 15-20 historic buildings.

More details, along with a video and photos, are provided here.

The Historic Hawaii Foundation has another article on the same topic, including details of the proposed plans to "improve" the area.

Lanai City is a unique place; hope it isn't messed up.