Ford Island Interpretive Trail

November 26, 2013


Pearl Harbor Naval Complex, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i


Commander, Navy Region Hawaii

Because of HHF Planners’ extensive involvement with historic properties and planning at Pearl Harbor and Ford Island, the firm was selected to develop a plan for the Ford Island Interpretive Trail.

The resulting plan is based on a literature review, site visits, consultations with Navy personnel, coordination with Ford Island development and Navy operations, and careful consideration of the cultural resources on the island. The written report documents the planning process, identifies and describes components of the trail, catalogs interpretive themes and features, outlines design guidelines, and makes recommendations for implementation of the trail plan.

When completed, the trail will present the history of Ford Island from pre-contact to the present, including Hawaiian cultural significance, sugarcane cultivation, the island’s importance as a Naval air station, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and World War II activities. A series of walkway will circle the island and provide users with views of Ford Island’s cultural landscape and historic buildings and structures. Interpretive panels at strategically located rest stops along the trail will detail historical themes with thought-provoking text, historic images, and maps and drawings.


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