Aug 06 2009

Hawaiians: Disrespect to Hawaiians Exposed – Posted by Lana Ululani Robbins

Hawaiians: Disrespect to Hawaiians Exposed

The Honolulu Starbulletin recently printed an article that alleges that the National Park Service is investigating the state Historic Preservation Division, which has been under harsh criticism in recent years for its handling of ancient remains and historic sites.

Thomas Dye who is a member and former president of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology was quoted as saying that he has encountered many problems with the division, part of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, over the past six years.

He was also quoted as saying that the agency has had problems such as lost reports, high staff turnover and an inability to maintain an inventory of historic sites.

To me  Honolulu Starbulletin is notorious for being unfair and biased so it’s difficult to tell if this article is accurate but problematic is how a politician like U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie is mentioned. The article makes it seem as though he is the “good” guy while the others are the “bad” guys. Typical “good guy versus bad guy” marketing.

However where were they when this was happening with   Hawaiian burials and Hawaiians’ ancestral bones?



Lana Ululani Robbins