Students from Kagman High School work
jointly with HPO Staff to rehabilitate the Laulau
Kattan Latte site.
The Division of Historic Preservation has added a very
important activity into its program and that is its outreach
program. HPO wants the public to be more involved in preserving
and protecting its resources and how better to achieve this
aim than making its citizens actively participate in these
types of activities. Creating this type of partnership and
enpowerment will allow individuals or organizations to foster
a sense of connection with a site and will allow them to
be more receptive to the environment around them. This promotion
of cultural stewardship allows our valuable sites to be
cared and viewed by all.
HPO aims to launch its "adopt a site" program
by which government agencies and private organizations may
too partake in the rehabilitation and care for our cultural
resources. This activity would add to the beautification
of the island, preservation of cultural resources for future
generations, and increase appeal or attraction for tourists.
As part of HPO's outreach program, HPO has conducted numerous
class presentations, site tours, and joined in on many cultural
events to display artifacts and cultural methods. This program
ties hand in hand with our mandate to educate the public
about historic preservation activities. Increasing the public's
awareness about our unique cultural heritage is a goal HPO
wants to see materialize.
Other forms of activities that fall under the outreach
program include offering to the public training opportunities
or educational workshops to learn about a particular aspect
related to historic preservation, such as HAZMAT, Identification
of Historic Features, Nomination Preparation, and much more.
Admiral Daniel Mastagni, his wife,
and his aide on Mt. Tapotchau with former HPO staff
archaeologist, Lon Bulgrin
If you would like to know more information about HPO and
its outreach program, feel free to call our office. Private
tours are offered only on staff availability and with consent
from upper management.