Hawaii ex-historic preservation head still at DLNR

HONOLULU (AP) - The former head of the State Historic Preservation Division who resigned after the National Park Service issued a critical report on the division continues to work at the Department of Land and Natural Resources as a special assistant to the department's director.

Pua Aiu resigned July 2, days after National Park Service officials reported division still has "serious problems." The federal agency designated the division a "high risk grantee," meaning the division could lose its federal funding if the problems aren't fixed within a year.

Department spokeswoman Deborah Ward told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Aiu did an excellent job as division administrator.

She says the department felt it was important to retain her knowledge and skills. Aiu remains involved in reviewing the Honolulu rail transit project's archaeological inventory survey.

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