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North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Signage Project and Walking Tour are Preserving Haleiwa Town History
The North Shore Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the first three plaques of its Haleiwa Interpretative Signage Project have been installed. These plaques are now displayed at the Waialua Community Association Building, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce building(formerly known as the Mutual Telephone Company building), and the Haleiwa Shingon Mission. The Chamber secured grant monies from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Atherton Family Foundation to mount twenty-one bronze interpretive plaques on Haleiwa buildings of the most historic significance and erect four orientation kiosks.
The narrative on the plaques provide a short history of each significant building. The Chamber’s Historic Committee Chair, Antya Miller explains, “Without interpretation, visitors do not know why Haleiwa is historic.” These plaques will complement the Chamber’s walking tour and allow residents, students on field trips and visitors to experience Haleiwa’s unique history and character. Four orientation kiosks with historical narrative and maps will later be constructed to highlight the buildings with the plaques and inform visitors of the historic significance of Haleiwa town areas. The signage project will describe history of the ancient Hawaiians, its kingdom period, the plantation era, surfing, and more.
“Support provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program”
Geoff Horvath, past president of Rotary of Wahiawa-Waialua (pictured here) says his club has been serving this area since 1937, and was the third Rotary club in Hawaii, comprised initially of plantation managers from both the sugar cane and pineapple industries,
along with other business-minded individuals.
The word “rotary” came from the founding members in Chicago in 1905, who met once a week and
alternated their meeting spots at their offices. They casually called it “rotating” their meetings and the
name “Rotary” was spawned. Rotary is the oldest community service organization in the world. Rotary’s first community project in Chicago was the construction of a public restroom in a shopping district to keep shoppers in town.
Geoff says, “we’re [Rotary] in over 200 countries, with over 35,000 clubs. Going to different clubs (in his
travels) is like home away from home to me.”
Rotary Club of Waialua-Wahiawa does a lot of joint projects with other groups like the Lions Club in
Wahiawa, The ARC in Hawaii, Wahiawa, ALEA Bridge, and others. To receive an invite to attend a Rotary
Club meeting, contact Geoff Horvath at 808-436-7425 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org