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Democracy by Design: The Hawai‘i State Capitol at 50

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Democracy By Design: The Hawai‘i State Capitol at 50

JOIN THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CAPITOL AT A FREE PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM ON SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019

Democracy by Design is the theme of a full-day symposium exploring the role of design in fostering open government and democratic engagement planned for the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Capitol.

The symposium is sponsored by the Hawaii State Legislature's Capitol Anniversary Task Force with the support of the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts. Historic Hawaii Foundation is a member of the Task Force.

ABOUT THE CAPITOL

The Capitol was dedicated on March 15, 1969 on the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Statehood bill by Congress. Governor John Burns used his opening address to the legislature to expound on the openness and spirit of Hawai‘i:

“The open sea, the open sky, the open doorway, open arms and open hearts—these are the symbols of our Hawaiian heritage…It is by means of this striking architecture of this new structure that Hawai‘i cries out to the nations of the Pacific and of the world this message: 'We are a free people…we are an open society…we welcome all visitors to our Island home.' ”

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

DATE: Saturday, March 16, 2019

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; reception 3:45 to 6:00 p.m.

PLACE: State Capitol Auditorium

COST: Free and open to the public. Registration required.

PARKING: Department of Health, Lot L, on the backside of the DOH, behind Washington Place (Take Punchbowl Street makai. Stay to the right. Turn right from Punchbowl onto Miller Street across from Queens Medical Center. From Miller, turn left behind Department of Health Building. Look for signs for Lot L.)

The Symposium will include sessions on the history of the site and how it was selected for the capital, an overview of the building and landscape features and characteristics, and the role it has played in urban planning and the development of the civic center. Historians will also discuss other sites that have been government and civic centers in the Hawaiian Islands from pre-Statehood eras, and how to support civic engagement and democracy.

SESSIONS & SPEAKERS

Morning: 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

How the State Capitol Came to Be: Don Hibbard, Architectural Historian

Architecture and Design of the Capitol: Bettina Mehnert, AHL; David Miller, AHL

Civic Center and Urban Planning: Kelema Moses, Occidental College; Katie Stephens, AHL

Lunch: 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Afternoon: 12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Other Capitals of the Hawaiian Islands: Ronald Williams, State Archives

Legislative Milestones of Past 50 Years: Robbie Dingeman, HONOLULU Magazine

The Future of Civic Engagement: William R. Chapman, Interim Dean, UH School of Architecture; Luke A. Evslin, Councilmember, County of Kaua‘i; Colin Moore, Director of the Public Policy Center, UH School of Political Science

Reception: 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

TASK FORCE – FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HAWAII STATE CAPITOL – 2019

Senator Brian T. Taniguchi, Chairman of the Task Force
Mamiko Carroll, Information Specialist, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Karen Ewald, Director of Art in Public Places Program and Hawai‘i State Art Museum
Kiersten Faulkner, Executive Director, Historic Hawaii Foundation
John M. Hara, FAIA, John Hara Associates, Inc.
Don Hibbard, Architectural Historian
Dawn Amano-Ige, First Lady, State of Hawaii
Adam Jansen, Administrator, Hawaii State Archives
Jonathan Johnson, Executive Director, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Chris Kinimaka, Chief, DAGS/Public Works Division/Planning Branch
Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, DEAN Sakamoto Architects LLC
Thomas S. Witten, FASLA, Chair and Principal, PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.
Representative Kyle T. Yamashita

SPECIAL MAHALO
David Miller, Chairman and a Principal, AHL
Katie Stephens, Project Manager and Historic Architect, AHL
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend the entire Symposium?

You have the option to attend the morning or afternoon sessions or the entire day and the reception and can note that on the registration form.


Will lunch be served?

Yes. Please request lunch and choose your preference, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, on the registration form.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Public transport options include TheBus or Biki. Parking will be available free of charge at the Department of Health, Lot L, on the backside of the DOH, behind Washington Place. Take Punchbowl Street makai. Stay to the right. Turn right from Punchbowl onto Miller Street across from Queens Medical Center. From Miller, turn left behind Department of Health Building. Look for signs for Lot L.

What can I bring into the event?

Water bottle and a jacket or sweater (the auditorium is air conditioned).

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact Historic Hawai‘i Foundation at 808-523-2900 or via email: outreach@historichawaii.org, with any questions.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Let's keep it green. Your name will be on our guest list.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes.

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