About The Hawai‘i Capitial Cultural Coalition

The Hawai‘i Capital Cultural Coalition (HCCC), is a dynamic partnership of 25 central Honolulu arts and cultural organizations and more than 40 businesses, public agencies, and service organizations who share a vision of a premier heritage area in Honolulu’s historic core. In 2003, the Coalition established the Hawai‘i Capital Cultural District located in the area between Kalihi and Pi‘ikoi Streets, and Beretania Street and the Pacific Ocean. The HCCC is currently taking steps to achieve designation as a National Heritage Area for the ahupua‘a covering downtown Honolulu, Nu`uanu Valley, and adjacent areas.

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Hawai‘i Capitial Cultural Coalition Mission

Preserve and promote the rich heritage of Hawai‘i‘s past and present by moving forward with deep respect for the past, honoring and perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture, recognizing the contributions of other peoples and cultures, preserving the area‘s historical assets for future generations, creating interpretive resources, conducting educational programs, and cultivating understanding of and appreciation for our heritage by residents and visitors alike.

Develop a vibrant live, work, and play community by addressing physical characteristics such as information centers, signage, transportation, walking pathways, open space, lighting, parking, safety and promoting new recreational activities and a lively after-hours scene.

Generate economic growth by nurturing and promoting the heritage area‘s many cultural assets, festivals and events; increasing interaction with the visitor industry; promoting appropriate cultural tourism; and conducting joint marketing.

In keeping with this mission, the Hawai‘i Capital Cultural Coalition and partners are seeking to establish a federally designated National Heritage Area.

Hawai‘i Capitial Cultural Coalition Vision

The partner‘s vision for the Hawai`i Capital National Heritage Area is:

An inviting, vibrant and cohesive destination for residents and visitors alike that celebrates Hawai`i‘s distinctive historical and cultural personality.

Our historic treasures will be restored and preserved for generations to come. Heritage education programs, festivals and events will celebrate and perpetuate Native Hawaiian and the many other cultures that make up our island legacy. Comprehensive interpretation will educate residents and visitors alike about the important history of the area.

Natural and scenic assets will be conserved, the shoreline protected, and open spaces enhanced for the enjoyment of the outdoors.

Information centers, cohesive signage, maps, and other informational materials will guide visitors to the area‘s many cultural, natural, scenic, educational and recreational sites and activities throughout the area.

Improved infrastructure, pedestrian pathways, adequate parking, safety measures, and alternative modes of transportation within the district and to and from adjacent districts will help visitors move easily throughout the district.

Hawai‘i Capitial Cultural Coalition Initiatives

The HCCC consulted with its partners and the community regarding key issues to address over the next few years. Consensus has developed around the following initiatives:

  • Education for youth and general public, including a program to bring public school children and at risk youth and families to museums and arts venues.
  • Area signage, banners and wayfinding directories.
  • Joint promotion of heritage sites and arts, including: brochures, website, master events calendar, partnership with other listings, and collaborative events.
  • Visitor information centers.
  • Improved relationship with hotels, visitor services, cruise lines and other travel industry businesses to reach visitors.
  • Walking tours and interpretive exhibits that make connections among museums and historic sites and educate residents and visitors about the area‘s culture and history.
  • Address parking, transportation, and pedestrian systems to circulate residents and visitors within the area and to and from district.
  • Preserve and protect historic and cultural treasures.
  • Other special initiatives that promote arts, culture and Hawai‘i‘s heritage with partners from around the state as opportunities arise.

Hawai‘i Capital Cultural Coalition 2010 Board of Directors:

  • John Hina
    808 Urban
  • Poni Askew
    Vice President
    Street Grindz
  • Trisha Watson
    Honua Consulting

661 Auahi St. Ste. 204
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:(808) 772-3020

Events Coordinator: coordinator@hawaiicapitalculture.org
Outreach Coordinator: Dr. Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Hawai‘i Capital Cultural Coalition Partners:

Arts/Cultural/Historic Organizations

The ARTS at Marks Garage
Bishop Museum
The Contemporary Museum
Foster Gardens
Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center
Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Hawai‘i Maritime Center
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre
Hawai‘i State Archives
Hawai‘i State Art Museum
Hawai‘i State Library
Hawai‘i Theatre Center
Hawaiian Chinese Multicultural Museum
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Honolulu Culture and Arts District
Honolulu Hale
Honolulu Police Department’s Law Enforcement Museum
Honolulu Symphony
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
‘Iolani Palace
Japanese Cultural Center
Judiciary History Center
Kawaiaha‘o Church
Liljestrand House
Mission Houses Museum
Our Lady of Peace Church
Queen Emma Summer Palace
Royal Order of King Kamehameha I
St. Andrews Cathedral
State Capitol Building — Washington Place
YWCA of O‘ahu


Aloha Tower Marketplace
Alston Hunt Floyd Ing Lawyers
American Institute of Architects
American Savings Bank
Anne Smoke PR
Arts with Aloha
Alexander & Baldwin Foundation
Belt Collins
Chinatown Merchants Association
Chinatown Business & Community Association
Communications Pacific
Cox Radio, Inc.
Cultural+Planning Group
Department of Accounting & General Services
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Department of Education
Department of Human Services
Downtown Neighborhood Board
Eight Inc.
Elizabeth Chalkley Design Consulting
E Noa Corporation
Enterprise Honolulu
Hard Rock Café Honolulu
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance
Hawai‘i Community Services Council
Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities
Hawai‘i Pacific University
Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and The Arts
Hawai‘i State Library System
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
Honolulu, Dept. of Planning and Permitting
Honolulu, Office on Culture and the Arts
Honolulu, Office of Economic Development
Honu Group Inc.
Joots, Inc.
Kaars&Pinlac Design
Kamehameha Schools
Ko Olina Station
Ko Olina Resort Association
Mānoa Foundation
Muriel Flanders Fund
Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i
Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Nomura Design
O‘ahu Visitors Bureau
Office of the Governor
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Office of the Mayor, City & County of Honolulu
Peter Apo Company
Peter Rosegg & Associates
Smythe & Associates
State Historic Preservation Office
State Office of Planning
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Waikīkī Improvement Association