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State in danger of losing money due to State Historic Preservation Office deficienciesUPDATED 7:23 PM HST Jun 28, 2013Video Transcript
thousands of dollars in federal money because of serious deficiencies in the State Historic Preservation Office. Good evening, I'm Yunji de Nies. And I'm Kenny Choi. New tonight.. the feds say the state failed to meet critical deadlines imposed by the National Park Service and remains on "high risk status" KITV's Catherine Cruz has details of the scathing new report. Catherine? The final report gives the state one more chance to reach its benchmarks because after years of trying....the historic preservation office flunked again. :21 :28 Glenn Oamilda and John Bond are passionate about preservation out in the ewa plains. They think its shameful that historic sites reflecting sugar era are languishing. They point to Ewa villages. They say SHPD --state historic preservation division and the city failed to file proper paper work to get the project on the national register, losing out on federal preservation money. Glenn Oamilda 1:20 -1:26 - "They never followed through. So that is why this is only on the state historic registry." - John Bond 357- 4:03 "They have missed opportunites to preserve important sites and it takes the community to bring it to their attention" Bond thinks a decade of mismanagement under different bosses is shameful. He is calling on current administrator Pua Aiu to step down. - 5:23- 5:29 -"I dont understand why the state allows her to run SHPD . It rreally makes the state look bad when she has really got a d or f report card year after year, and the National Park Service really questions her ability as an administrator.How can they continue to have her on there?" Critics point to Hawaii Kai where failure to act led to destruction of archeological sites. There's been issues with the rail project, and a Kakaako high rise project- 803 Waimanu faces a critical vote next week-- without SHPD input. The report found that SHPD only sucessfully complete one out of six benchmarks necessary to dodge a federal takeover--even after an extention last year. The scathing report notes while there has been progress and challenges of hiring and retaining staff remains a problem. It cites a lack of cooperation by the administrator, a lack of understanding of administrative, operational and fiscal processes, a lack of strategic vision and planning, a lack of basic communication, accountability and transparency to the public and disconnects between the administrator and staff and disconnects between the DLNR administration and SHPD. Our calls to the governor office and state land director william Aila werent returned. We did try to reach Aiu for comment and was told she was out of the office today doing field work.