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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 14, 2006

Burial remains won't hinder shelter plans

Advertiser Staff

A set of human burial remains found at the 2.8-acre site of a planned state emergency homeless shelter in Wai'anae is not expected to hinder the state's plans, a state official told the O'ahu Island Burial Council yesterday.

Kaulana Park, the state's liaison tasked with establishing shelters in the Leeward area, said one set of remains was found among 22 trenches dug on site about two weeks ago.

Work has stopped as a result of the find, but Park said it is not anticipated the delay will have a great impact. He noted that the state was doing preliminary site work and has yet to select someone to design and build the 300-bed facility.

A report by the archaeological firm Cultural Surveys Hawai'i Inc. said additional excavation work done in the immediate vicinity of the burial "demonstrated, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that this is a single isolated burial."

"That one set, right now, does not impact the design," Park told burial council members. "We want to make sure that we will follow what needs to be done."

Cultural Surveys is in the process of developing a burial treatment plan that will be submitted to the council next month, Park said.