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”