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Head of embattled Historic Preservation Division resigns

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:42 p.m. HST, Jul 02, 2013

Pua Aiu, administrator of the embattled state Historic Preservation Division, has resigned, the Department of Land and Natural Resources announced this afternoon.

The announcement follows a National Parks Service report, released Thursday, that criticized the division’s efforts under a two-year corrective action plan to address operational problems that jeopardize continued federal funding, DLNR said in an email.

Aiu has served as the division administrator for five years.

DLNR Chairman William Aila said in a written statement, “We believe that SHPD has made progress in a number of areas, including hiring of qualified staff and addressing a backlog of review and compliance tasks. However, we take this report seriously, and given the importance of SHPD to the state, we need to change the leadership in order to move forward to implement the recommendations.”

DLNR is working to select a new administrator in the next three months, Aila said.

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Big C wrote:
The DLNR should fit for the change in the requirment for all building permits on private structures over 50 years old from having to be reviewed by the DLNR. Not only would it help DLNR's staff's work, but also make it easier for residents to renovate their old homes. Basically, if it is not on the Historic Registry, why does DLNR have to get involved in the first place.
on July 2,2013 | 06:11PM
uhchk wrote:
Totally agree!
on July 2,2013 | 08:16PM
false wrote:
What about all the Democrat payola?
on July 2,2013 | 09:00PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
The feds are now taking over both DHHL and SHPD, both of which are "Native Hawaiian" enclaves in the state government. Let's forget about a "Native Hawaiian" government.
on July 2,2013 | 07:17PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Let's not.
on July 2,2013 | 07:55PM
mellishi wrote:
...I also agree - let's not.
on July 3,2013 | 04:49AM
kuewa wrote:
SA--- why do you post a 10 year old file photo for this story? Was it too difficult to obtain or find a more recent photo? Next we will be looking at baby pictures of government officials.
on July 3,2013 | 12:38AM
kuasol1 wrote:
The problems at SHPD began after the office became the only DLNR division to be moved to Kapolei. Long-time experienced staff started to leave as they had established residences much father toward Diamond Head. Governemt records needed to conduct business were all located in Downtown Honolulu, creating more difficulties.for SHPD staff. The remaining staff had difficulties with children's pickup from school, etc. so the former administrator allowed for more time flexibility so that he could keep his experienced staff. This led him into trouble with an auditor who was later appointed SHPD administrator. The location of the SHPD office is one of the reasons that the office has not been able to hire and retain staff.
on July 3,2013 | 11:42AM
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