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Hawaiian remains returned home from Sweden

William Aila, Jr. William Aila, Jr.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A solemn ceremony marked the return of 22 skulls looted from a Hawaiian cemetery over 100 years ago in Sweden.

The skulls were taken from cemeteries by Swedish scientists in the late 1800's.

Most of them were kept at a Swedish Medical School. Five were at the museum.

William Aila, Jr. is part of a Hawaiian delegation to bring the remains home.

"Our group has been working for the last 20 years to repatriate Hawaiian human remains from across the globe, bring them home, to send them on their spiritual journey," said Aila, Jr.
 
The museum's director said Sweden has also returned remains of aborigines to Australia and a totem pole to a Canadian tribe.

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