Hawaii’s historic preservation

LIHUE — The Wailua-Kapaa Neighborhood Association will feature guest speaker Mary Jane Naone, State Historic Preservation Division lead archaeologist for Kauai, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Kapaa Library meeting room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

SHPD is a division of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and works to preserve the historic and cultural resources of Hawaii, including archaeology, architecture, history and culture.

Following a four-year lapse in a Kauai-based office, SHPD has staffed two Kauai positions: a lead archaeologist and a burial sites specialist. Naone will introduce the community to SHPD’s roles and responsibilities, including how the project review process works according to state and federal legislation. She will also discuss the program areas of the archaeology branch, as well as the current statewide preservation plan.

In May, Naone joined the staff of SHPD. She worked for the National Park Service at Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Molokai for nearly three years. She formerly served as the archaeologist with the Historic Preservation Office of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

The meeting will include updates on other local issues. For more information, contact WKNA Secretary Sid Jackson at 821-2837 or visit www.wkna.org.

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