[Federal Register: December 29, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 249)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Bishop Museum,
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent
to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Bishop Museum,
Honolulu, HI, that meet the definition of ``unassociated funerary
objects'' under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3).
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations in this notice.
The 10 cultural items are 1 wooden tobacco pipe, 1 stone vessel, 2
stone marbles, 1 stone lamp, 1 clay necklace, 1 wooden poi board, 1
wooden pipe, 1 ceramic or glass bottle, and 1 stone pounder. The
cultural items were removed from various sites on Oahu Island, HI.
In 1918, a wooden tobacco pipe was given to the Bishop Museum by
H.E. Cooper. The pipe was recorded as having been found with human
bones on Cooper tract, Manoa, in 1898.
In 1923, a Kapuahi kuni anaana was donated to the Bishop Museum by
A.A. Myer. The stone vessel was found in the hand of a skeleton buried
in the sand during house construction in Waikiki around 1910.
At an unknown date, two stone marbles, possibly konane pieces, were
found near a skeleton on E.M. Ehrhorn's lot in Mill'S Tract, Manoa. In
1926, the marbles were given to the Bishop Museum by E.M. Ehrhorn.
In 1931, a stone lamp from Halawa was given to the Bishop Museum by
P. Crackel. Accession records note that it was located with a burial.
In 1959, a clay necklace was gifted to the Bishop Museum by L.
Kamuela. The records state that the necklace was found with a burial on
the donor's land in Waianae Valley, Waianae, and that the human remains
were probably Native Hawaiian or Native Hawaiian-Chinese.
In 1931, a wooden poi board was collected and donated to the Bishop
Museum by J.G. McAllister. The donor wrote that it was found with
skeletal material in a burial cave on the Kahuku side of Waimea River
In 1931, a wooden pipe found in a cave in Niu was donated to the
Bishop Museum by J.G. McAllister. The notation reads, ``in burial cave
with `the famous one.' '' No individual has been identified.
In 1959, a ceramic or glass bottle was donated to the Bishop Museum
by Larry Kamada, postmaster at the Waianae Post Office. Mr. Kamada
found the bottle in a burial on his property in Waianae.
In 1964, a stone pounder was donated to the Bishop Museum by Oswald
Sheather. The stone pounder was found in a shallow burial while Mr.
Sheather was laying a gas main at King Street and McCully in Honolulu.
Officials of the Bishop Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B), the 10 cultural items described above are
reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual human
remains at the time of death or later as part of the death rite or
ceremony and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have
been removed from a specific burial site of a Native Hawaiian
individual. Officials of the Bishop Museum also have determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group
identity that can be reasonably traced between the unassociated
funerary objects and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian
organization that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the
unassociated funerary objects should contact Betty Lou Kam, Vice
President, Cultural Resources, Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street,
Honolulu, HI 96817, telephone (808) 848-4105 before January 28, 2009.
Repatriation of the unassociated funerary objects to the Office of
Hawaiian Affairs may proceed after that date if no additional claimants
The Bishop Museum is responsible for notifying the Office of
Hawaiian Affairs that this notice has been published.
Dated: December 8, 2008
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-30900 Filed 12-24-08; 8:45 am]
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