Russian Fort Elizabeth/Paʻulaʻula o Hipo is a National Historic Landmark and is administered as the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park just southeast of present-day Waimea on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi.
Please join us as we create a working group to plan for the future of this significant cultural and historical site in Waimea, Kaua‘i. Our goal is to find a common vision for the preservation, interpretation, restoration, and management of this unique place that reflects its Hawaiian and Russian history.
DATE: Friday, March 2, 2018
TIME: 9:00am to 3:00pm
PLACE: Waimea Technology Center
SPONSORS: DLNR-State Parks, Fort Elizabeth Foundation, West Kaua‘i Business and Professional Association.
More information with an agenda and schedule for the day will be forthcoming. If you have questions, please contact Martha Yent, State Parks Interpretive Program, at 808-587-0287 or Martha.E.Yent@hawaii.gov
The main subject of the forum was commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Fort Elizabeth that was established and designed by the agent of the Russian American Company, Mr. Georg Schaffer.
At the 2017 Forum program, there were several official speakers from the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow and Russian Federation's Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Also, the program of the forum was supported by a lot of well established scientists, professors and other speakers from Russian Federation and State of Hawaii attesting to the historical and anthropological record. Speaking with heartwarming relevance was Aletha Kaohi, a direct descendant of Kaumualii.
A culturally significant project is getting closer to the creation of something that has never been done before: bronze statue of the King Kaumuali‘i, Kaua‘i’s last king in up-scaled size.
After almost a decade of unsuccessful researches and investigations nobody was able to find any of the survived images orportraits of the King Kaumuali‘i when he was alive. Lately, one of the nonprofit organization" Friends of King Kaumuali‘i "came across a painting last year that changed it all.
The painting by O‘ahu artist Brook Kapukuniahi Parker became a tangible idea to fund raise for the statue, which will be tentatively placed at the Russian Fort in Waimea, Kauai Island.
The Fort Elizabeth Visitor Center, is planned as the gateway to the park. It will provides a comfortable place to begin your park visit by helping visitors get oriented to the park’s cultural, natural, and recreational resources and by providing a gathering place for groups and interpretive programs.
The museum exhibits will give an overview of the park’s major cultural stories, covering the Native Hawaiian, English, Russian, and American eras. The museum will displays a scale-sized fort model. Also we plan to display are several cases of beautiful historical artifacts, documents and digital materials. Fort Elizabeth is in the early stages of fundraising to design and build the Visitor Center.
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In the section 'Projects' one can find past, planned and current projects in Fort Elizabeth and other interesting materials.
Preservation of Fort Elizabeth
Fort Elizabeth was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1962 and right now it is an excellent example of sightseeing from the early 19th Century when foreign powers recognized the value of Hawai‘i as a significant provision port for trade across the Pacific and were vying for political influence with the Hawaiian monarchy. The State of Hawai‘i acquired the 17-acre property encompassing the fort structure in 1972 to preserve the site and provide an opportunity for the public to visit and learn more about this period in Hawaiian history.
Interpretation is one opportunity for sharing the history and cultural importance of this site in a way that can promote respect and understanding. Another opportunity is the partnership that has been built with the Waimea community to care for and share this special place with visitors and residents. Planning for the future of the site will need to consider both the opportunities and challenges.
The Pacific region of the 18-19th centuries was the arena of joint development of new territories of both the Russian Empire, and the United States of America. The Russian seafarers under the leadership of Georg Schäffer, an employee of the Russian-American company and the manpower of locals constructed three fortresses...