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Feds release report on razing of historic Pearl Harbor home

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The National Park Service is blaming the improper demolition of a historic building at Pearl Harbor on a lack of understanding and training.

The Park Service says it tore down the home late last year without consulting historic preservation authorities as required in part because officials lacked an understanding of cultural-resource laws and responsibilities.

The agency's investigation into the incident also found a cultural resource compliance coordinator responsible for the project was inadequately trained. An investigation report released last week identified turnover of key park staff as another contributing factor to the problem.

The home was among six bungalows the Navy built in the 1920s and 1930s that the Park Service plans to restore. A building similar in style to the demolished home now stands in its place.

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