THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 12, 1996
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RAYNARD C. SOON TO THE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON HISTORIC PRESERVATION
The President announced today his intent to appoint Raynard C. Soon to be a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Raynard C. Soon of Honolulu, Hawaii, currently serves as administrator of the land management division of the State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, managing over 160,000 acres of land. His work includes all negotiations pertaining to conservation and protection programs, enforcement programs, and leasing programs. Mr. Soon is deeply committed to the preservation of Hawaiian culture and archeological sites. He was president of Renkoa, Inc., before becoming manager of acquisitions of Macomber Development Associates. Mr. Soon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planners Association, the Native Hawaiian Water Rights Task Force, and the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center Advisory Board. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii (1971) and his Masters of City Planning from Harvard University (1976). Mr. Soon will be serving as a member who, by law, must be either Native American or a Native Hawaiian.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent federal agency which was established in 1966 through the Historic Preservation Act. The Council advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation matters. Council members are also responsible for assessing the effectiveness of state, local and private programs in carrying out the purposes of the National Historic Preservation Act. In addition, the Council reviews federally licensed projects that affect properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Its members are also responsible for issuing the President's Historic Preservation Awards.