State agency broke law over Hawaiian remains found on Kauai

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he State Historic Preservation Division failed to follow state law regarding Native Hawaiian burials in a Kaua'i beachfront houselot where 30 sets of human remains were found, Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe ruled this afternoon.

The agency must now consult with the Kaua'i-Ni'ihau Island Burial Council, any lineal descendants of the remains, interested Hawaiian organizations, and the landowner about a revised burial treatment plan, Watanabe said.

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