Posted by: lokahipath | April 5, 2010

Hawaii National Park Service rates Hawaii Historic Preservation Division “HIGH RISK”

Hawaii's Historic Preservation Division

Read the NPS report on SHPD

The state agency responsible for implementing the National Historic Preservation Act is in danger of losing its federal funding, as well as its control over decision-making for federal agency compliance with preservation regulations.

The National Park Service (NPS), which is charged with oversight of the states’ implementation of the nation’s preservation program, has determined that SHPD is in non-compliance with several conditions of its federal grant, which is provided to the state to implement the federal preservation laws. The determination is that SHPD is a “high risk grantee.” The federal grant provides approximately 50% of the division’s $1.4 million annual budget.

NPS officials delivered the finding and compliance report to Laura Thielen, chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and Pua Aiu, State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) Administrator, on March 22. The NPS expects to release its report publicly within a few days.

According to sources at DLNR and at NPS, the report outlines a “corrective action plan” to be completed within two years, with benchmarks along the way, to come into compliance. Areas for improvement include review of any federal undertaking (including those requiring federal funding, permit, license or approval); conducting an inventory and survey of historic sites; keeping the National Register of Historic Places for Hawai‘i; managing the Certified Local Government program; and conducting preservation planning.

Read the whole article at Historic Hawaii Foundation website

In FY2001-2002 Hawaii DLNR spent $1.4 million through SHPD yet found that SHPD had inconsistent archaeological reviews that compromised the divisions ability to protect Hawaii’s unique cultural and archaeological sites.

Auditor Marion Higa found:

Disparate review standards threaten the division’s ability to protect historic sites.


Inconsistent standards also plague the division’s burial program.

The division’s inventory of human skeletal remains is piecemeal and does not routinely provide geographical information required by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Read the Auditor’s Report on SHPD Audit of SHPD
or just an overview
02-20overview of SHPD audit

It’s no wonder we cannot get the arch site at Lepeuli recorded and assessed!



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