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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2003               

 

 

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UNVEILS MAP OF

                                          HONOLULU HISTORIC TRAIL

          The City Office of Economic Development and its collaborating partners today unveiled a map identifying 50 landmarks along the newly established Honolulu Historic Trail.  Dozens of local organizations worked with the City for more than a year to develop the two-hour walking tour that celebrates points of historic interest in Chinatown, Downtown, and the Capital District.

           “The Honolulu Historic Trail is an exciting addition to our economic development activities in the downtown area,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “Downtown Honolulu is more than a hub of commercial activity.  It’s a source of local pride and identity, a place where living monuments attest to our city’s social and cultural evolution.  The Historic Trail allows us to support local business and honor the institutions at the heart of our city’s heritage.”

           The Office of Economic Development conceived the Historic Trail to support business and stimulate awareness of Honolulu’s history.  It features such well-known landmarks as Kawaiaha’o Church, the Hawaii Theatre, Washington Place and Iolani Palace.  Other points of interest include the Yokohama Specie Bank, the first Japanese bank to open in Honolulu, the spot near the corner of Smith and Hotel Streets where the Chinatown fire of 1886 started, and numerous sites of cultural, religious and commercial significance.

           “I commend the City’s partners for their hard work in putting this project together,” said Mayor Harris.  “My special thanks to OED executive director Manny Menendez for championing the idea and bringing everyone on board.  The Honolulu Historic Trail is modeled on our successful efforts to generate public awareness of the history of Waikiki.  I expect this new trail to be a source of pride and fascination among residents and visitors for many years to come.”

           More than 30 local organizations participated in bringing the Honolulu Historic Trail to fruition.  They include the Historic Hawaii Foundation, the Aloha Tower Marketplace, the Honolulu Advertiser, the Governor’s Office, the Honolulu Fire Department, the Hawaii Theatre, the Mission Houses, the Hawaii Maritime Center, the Hawaii State Public Library, the Ramsay Foundation, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Friends of the Iolani Palace, the Sun Yat Sen Foundation, Chinatown merchants, Foster Botanical Garden, and the City Departments of Design and Construction and Transportation Services.

           The City split the cost of an initial printing of 10,000 maps with the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

 

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Thursday, September 25, 2003

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