Feb 14 2010

Latest on Joseph Brescia and the Kaua’i Ni’ihau Island Burial Council

It is unfortunate that things have become extremely heated. Joseph Brescia corporate president and chairman to the Board of Directors at Architectural Glass & Aluminum Co., Inc. (AGA), has done so much good only to be overshadowed with his home that is built on sacred land.

By the way everywhere is sacred land to someone. It would have helped greatly if this was handled better by the “state” of Hawai’i which should have enforced its rules. Perhaps Mr. Brescia should have included a negotiator so as not to insult the iwi kupuna and the kupuna. Iwi kupuna as well as living kupuna deserve dignity and respect. I am sure that others would not want someone to build on their loved ones’ resting place.

Left to the people on the Kaua’i/Ni’ihau Island Burial Council to decide, they decided to reject Brescia’s burial treatment plan:

“After hearing nearly four hours of emotional testimony, the
Kaua’i/Ni’ihau Island Burial Council on Thursday unanimously rejected
the 16th draft of the burial treatment plan for Naue landowner Joseph
Brescia’s controversial single-family home.”


The names of these members of the Kaua’i/Ni’ihau Island Burial Council are:

Chair: Clisson Kunane Aipolani (06/30/10)
Vice-Chair: Keith Yap (06/30/12)

Dee M. Crowell (06/30/10)
James W. Fujita (Interim – 06/60/10)
Michael Loo (06/30/12)
Debra U. Ruiz (Interim – 06/30/10)
Sandra P. Quinsaat (06/30/12)
Leiana P. Robinson (06/30/11)
and Barbara J. Say (06/30/11)

Council members’ names can be seen here: http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/hpd/councils.htm

From their website:

“All Council members are appointed by the Governor of Hawai`i and confirmed by the Senate for a four year term. Expiration dates for council members are shown in parentheses following their names. No council member may serve more than two consecutive terms. All meetings by the council are open to the public. Any person may submit oral or written testimony to the council regarding a matter under consideration, provided that applicants first submit a written request to the department to be placed on the council meeting agenda.”

Their agenda can be seen here:


E malama pono to everyone.