The Slow Economy’s Silver Lining

Strategy: Collaborate in New Ways, Enhance Your Product, Serve Local Community

Type of attraction: Arts Organization, Heritage Area/Scenic Byway/Heritage Trail

Summary: The downturn has brought the community together. Also, the downturn has meant that many of the developers who had come to Hawaii when the economy was strong to build new developments that endangered our historic communities aren’t here anymore.

“The slow economy has been a good thing for us in some ways. The downturn has brought the community together. Also, the downturn has meant that many of the developers who had come to Hawaii when the economy was strong to build new developments that endangered our historic communities aren’t here anymore. Instead of spending time evaluating new developments, we can focus on preserving historic sites,” notes Tomoe Nimori, vice president, Pulama IA Kona Heritage Preservation Council in Kona.

Pulama is networking with the Holualoa Village Association to research adaptive re-use of the county-owned library which was closed due to state department of education budget cuts. Pulama will work with the Holualoa Village Association to consider a community center that could feature a mini-museum to tell the story of old Holualoa. The Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture purchased an old coffee mill and restored the character of the 1950s building to develop an art center that offers on-going classes and weekend workshops. The library and art center are located along Hawaii’s first State Scenic Byway, the Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor, and will provide meaningful experiences for travelers.