Historic storyboards around Hawaii

Our neighborhoods and parks are coping with litter, graffiti, vandalism, and the homeless. Let’s set aside those challenges for a little while and think about neighborhood pride.

With our busy lives, we’re losing our connection to our neighborhoods and to our history. If people don’t think of their neighborhood as a link to their family, they won’t take care of it. If children don’t think of parks as a link to their lives, they won’t care if they are vandalized.

I’d like to propose that we create historic storyboards across the islands, not just at historic sites, but in our local communities and parks.

What would this accomplish? Historic storyboards would teach us about Hawaiian history and culture. They would encourage community pride and care for the land. They would make sure that we remember and respect the past.

There are already historic storyboards across Waikiki that promote our history and make us feel proud of our cultural heritage. But we need a statewide program for neighborhoods and parks around Hawaii.

The storyboards could follow the Waikiki design of an upright surfboard; or we could design single-panel or double-panel storyboards. With historic photos and illustrations, the panels could explain the region’s name, provide a history of a location and its cultural significance, and identify the people, businesses, and events that influenced the area.

Some civic clubs in Hawaii are already working on this – the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club http://www.koolaupokohcc.org started the Na‘oneala’a Project, to design and install a storyboard at Na‘oneala’a (Kaneohe Beach Park) recognizing the historic value and significance of the site.

But we need a statewide initiative, partnering with neighborhood boards and civic organizations. It would be great if a Hawaiian community organization could take the lead. What do you think?

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2 Comments on “Historic storyboards around Hawaii”

  1. Harriett Says:

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