[Federal Register: December 29, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 249)]
[Page 79504]
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National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Bishop Museum, 
Honolulu, HI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


    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 Waimea.
    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 
come forward.
    The Bishop Museum is responsible for notifying the Office of 
Hawaiian Affairs that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 8, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-30900 Filed 12-24-08; 8:45 am]

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