Interpretive and Educational Materials

Public education is a vital means to preserve Hawaii’s historic resources, which is why our architects and architectural historians can often be found in the local community, giving walking tours and hosting talks on various historical topics in public and educational spaces.

In line with our philosophy on education, we’re often hired to produce educational materials informing our community of its past. We have vast experience developing materials in various media, including historical interpretive panels; context reports and book-length photo essays; documentary videos; instructive preservation manuals; historical brochures; and historic residence signs for recently listed historic homes.

In partnership with Alchemy of Design, we’re currently developing a series of historical interpretive displays to be erected inside a World War II Navy aviation hangar.This work includes 12 enormous ceramic interpretive murals and 20 smaller interpretive panels. Through this formidable undertaking, the murals will tell the pre-military and aviation history of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. 

Rendering showing some of the historical interpretive murals planned for the interior of a World War II Navy aviation hangar

Panels from the Ford Island Historical Trail
Graphics for Pier 12

Interpretive signage installed at Pier 12


Historic Hawaii Foundation

  • Ford Island Interpretive Trail, 2020
  • Ala Moana Architectural History Exhibit, 2015
  • Ft. Kamehameha (documentary video), 2015
  • A Waikiki Icon as contributors (preservation media), 2015


  • Historical Interpretive Panels were developed for Ala Moana Architectural History Exhibit, Ford Island History Trail, and Honolulu Harbor Pier 12.
  • Context reports and book-length photo essays – 1950s Buildings in Waikiki and Honolulu: A Photo Essay (2004), Hawaii SHPD RLS, Context Study on Hawaii’s Irrigation Ditches, Fort Street Context Study.
  • Video – Teaming up with Take2 Production, Inc., we researched and developed content for an award-winning video documentary that tells the story of Fort Kamehameha and its historic resources.
  • Instructive Manuals - We quite literally wrote the book on how to nominate houses to the Hawaii Register. We authored “A Guide for Nominating Residences to the Hawaii Register of Historic Places” under contract to Historic Hawaii Foundation.
  • Brochures – Pearl Harbor Shipyard Brochure for the 50th anniversary of the 1941 attack; Pali Kilo archaeological resources brochure (Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay), and a Ford Island historic neighborhoods brochure.

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