New Online Exhibit – THE LUCIANO MINERBI COLLECTION: 50 years of collaborative Community Activism through Urban and Regional Planning

The UH Mānoa Archives is pleased to announce “The Luciano Minerbi Collection: ​50 years of collaborative community activism through urban and ​regional planning,” an online exhibit by LIS student intern Sharnelle Renti-Cruz.

This page replicates Sharnelle’s exhibit text and captures a few of the images she used, but please also check out the original exhibit site to see its proper formatting and additional content.

Welina mai! ​Welcome to the Luciano Minerbi Collection: ​50 years of collaborative community activism through urban and regional planning

An online exhibition of the collaborative work of Dr. Luciano Minerbi a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, his colleagues and his students work on Community activism in Hawaiian and other Pacific island communities, as well as the field of planning.

This exhibit features the various items held in the Luciano Minerbi Collection which is housed at the University Archives at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Dr. Minerbi’s collaborative work on sustainable island development in urban and rural settings, watershed, and ahupuaʻa (land division) management, cultural impact assessments, heritage landscape analysis, community planning, and place-based managements have long been of help to local Hawaiian communities and global communities outside of Hawaiʻi.

Who is Luciano Minerbi?

Recent portrait of Luciano Minerbi

Luciano Minerbi

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Luciano Minerbi earned his Doctoral degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, and went on to pursue a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington in Seattle. Minerbi trained in Architecture, Urban design, and Urbanism in Italy, and Urban and Regional planning in the United States of America; thus making him a well versed individual.

​From 1969-1973 Luciano was the Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning, later becoming an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning from 1973-1980, working his way up to Professor of Urban and Regional Planning from 1980 to 2018.

As an advocate for local communities to inventory cultural resources for their management and protection from development, Luciano has been the recipient of numerous community service awards and local planning recognitions. Some of his past projects include: land use, environmental management, CZM, PRA, CBED, PAR, Village planning, subsistence practices, responsible eco-cultural tourism, community resilience, and behavioral evacuation from natural disasters and labor force analysis. In the past he has served on the Kahana Valley Living Park Planning Council, the Honolulu Commissions on Housing and Community Development and on the Neighborhood Board and Community Center of his McCully-Mōʻiliʻili District.

Along with two other colleagues, Dr. Jon Matsuoka and Dr. Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, founded the Cultural Advocacy Network Developing Options (C.A.N.D.O.) to assist local communities, with an interest in helping rural Hawaiian communities. Through their work they were able to identify and map cultural resources in various communities, enabling communities to better manage, and identify cultural resources to be better able to protect them from development. The Hui (group) of Matsuoka, McGregor, and Minerbi refer to themselves as “3M” and have conducted several seminal studies which set the standard for the protocol of cultural impact studies utilizing key informant interviews, focus groups, and cultural mapping, ethnographic documentation and where appropriate, random sample surveys. C.A.N.D.O.’s advisory research and resource group members included in 1991 Native Hawaiian practitioners and professionals were composed of academics, government planners, community leaders, a physician, and an attorney who initiated ways to incorporate cultural values in planning, and in the Environmental Impact Statement process.

All of Professor Minerbi’s educational, research, and consulting work and service are planning in island settings focused, showcasing his commitment to serving the local and indigenous communities and non-profit organizations. Past projects included work with the City and County of Honolulu Commission on Housing and Community Development, various Neighborhood boards, rural city councils, State, Federal, and Global agencies, island Governments or organizations throughout the Pacific region including: Hawai‘i, American Sāmoa , Independent Sāmoa, the Canary Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Palau, Solomon islands, Tonga and Timor Leste.

Collection Series: A list and description of the three main series within the Luciano Minerbi Collection

1) UHM Research Projects and Practicum

Collage of materials from Series 1

This series includes materials related to research projects and practica which were conducted through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Items found in this series include the projects not related to island planning research, or instructional projects. Examples include the following projects: Waipiʻo Valley Practicum, Pāpōhakū Sand Dunes, Ala Kahaakai Trails, Kahumana Farms, Hanalei Valley Planning Project, etc.


2) Island Planning Research and Instructional Projects

Site description forms from Series 2

This series is comprised of the various projects that addressed the issue of sustainable island development in urban and rural settings projects, instructional class projects of Dr. Minerbi, Island Planning Research projects. A list of some of the projects found in this series include work from PLAN courses such as: PLAN 600 Public Policy and Planning theory, PLAN 636 Comparative Urbanism, PLAN 640 Land Use Policies and Programs, etc.


3) Contract Projects

Map of Ahupua'a on the Kona coast from Series 3This series includes the projects which Dr. Minerbi was individually or team contracted to do with C.A.N.D.O. (Cultural Advocacy Network Developing Options) team along with Dr. Davianna McGregor and Dr. Jon Matsuoka. Work includes projects such a: The Sāmoa Village Planning project, and the North Kohala Native Hawaiian Cultural Landscape Assessment.

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