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Byway Spotlight - Koloa Byway Recognized
GIS Technology use with Byways
America's Byway Resource Center Closing June 30th

The Hawaii Scenic Byways Project Team and I wanted to take a moment to update you on our project. Recently the project team traveled to the Island of Hawaii to work with the Kau Scenic Byway - The Slopes of Mauna Loa on their CMP preparation.  Read all about the trip and training in the article below.
The project team will be working on a statewide road signage program to aid byway users to knowing they are traveling along one of our special byways .  If you know of an experienced individual or company that may be interested in submitting qualifications for the signage logo, please contact me for further information.  
As always, mahalo nui loa for you continued support.  Please pass this newsletter on to anyone you think might be interested in our program or byways.     





David L. Zevenbergen
Hawaii Scenic Byways Coordinator
Hawaii Department of Transportation
(808) 587-6357


Historic Hawaii Foundation
2012 Preservation Honor Awards


Award HHF 

On Friday May 11, the Historic Hawaii Foundation hosted its annual Preservation Honor Awards, Hawaii's highest recognition of preservation projects that perpetuate, rehabilitate, restore or interpret the state's architectural, archaeological and/or cultural heritage.  The honors are presented in five categories, and this year the Holo Holo Koloa Scenic Byway committee, Hui Malama O Koloa, and the Hawaii Department of Transportation received a Preservation Commendation.


The award ceremony program read: "The community effort resulted in designation of a State Scenic Byway that is situated in the historic Old Koloa Town and runs down and through the Poipu Beach resort area on Kauai's South Shore.  This region is steeped in history and it's various points of interest tell the stories of Hawaii's people and it's evolving socio-economic past.  


Holo Holo Koloa gives the traveler a look at the historic and socio-economic evolution of the Hawaiian Islands.  This is a corridor with many stories to tell, under the backdrop of its impressive scenic and natural beauty."


Great job Hui Malama O Koloa and Hawaii Department of Transportation team!  Mahalo for all your efforts!

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GIS technology and Hawaii Scenic Byways


Kau Team June 2012
From left: Kash Reid, Bob Kull, Jim Pedersen, Dennis Elwell, Marge Elwell, Sean Dunckel


The Hawaii Scenic Byways project team traveled to Kau May 31-June 2 to provide technical assistance with the Physical/Visual Survey portion of the Corridor Management Plan (CMP) process, and included an introduction to GIS technology.    


What is GIS Technology?

GIS (Geographic Information System) technology is a system of computer software and data that organizes, analyzes, manages and presents geographical data.


How can GIS be used for Byways?
GIS can effectively help byway groups address the CMP guidelines, especially for collection and mapping of data including location, condition, intrinsic quality identification and photographs of features or sites along the byway. 


We also drove the byway and participants began their Physical/Visual Surveys, providing the information needed to establish data for each highway segment.  If the subjective ratings of feature significance are incorporated into the GIS, GIS can also be used as a tool to evaluate and determine the management priorities in each highway segment, as well as the entire scenic highway corridor.   


Mahalo to Dennis and Marge Elwell, Gil Robinson, Rita Pregana, Lorie Obra, Blossom DeSilva, Dallas Decker, Julie Neal, Karen Valentine and Wendy Vance for joining us for 3 very productive and enjoyable days.
The America's Byways Resource Center Closing June 30th
Unfortunately the America's Byways Resource Center (ABRC) will be closed as of June 30th, 2012. This month ABRC will be transitioning some of their materials to other organizations, and the details are to be announced by the end of this month.  
The Resource Center was established by Congress in 1999 and has since provided extensive byways training, information and expertise.  
From all of us at Hawaii Scenic Byways, we would like to send a very special aloha and mahalo to everyone at the Resource Center for all the help they have provided our program.
After July 1st please contact the project team for details on how to retrieve ABRC's information or training.  
Diacritical markings have been omitted from this newsletter for ADA compliance. Please contact us if you require more information about these diacritical markings.
If you would like to submit a comment, suggestion or correction, please contact Kashimira Reid at

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