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Kauai County Council denies ex-archaeologist a committee post

NAWILIWILI, Hawaii >> The Kauai County Council has denied a former state archaeologist a seat on the Kauai Historic Preservation Committee after emotional testimony that she has been insensitive to Hawaiian traditions and has not followed the law.

The Garden Island newspaper reported the Council voted Wednesday to deny Nancy McMahon the post after a resolution to confirm her appointment drew a crowd with many fiercely opposed.

Claims against her, including from many native Hawaiians, include she sides with developers, doesn’t follow proper procedure and has a questionable educational background. 

One bizarre claim by a spa owner said her employees refuse to work on her because she always came in dirty.

Kaulana Fraser says that in Hawaiian tradition unclean people are not allowed to carry bones.

McMahon could not be reached for comment.

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