Chairperson Laura Thielen of the Department of Land and Natural Resources announced the appointment of Dr. Puaalaokalani Aiu who will serve as administrator of the SHPD, and Nancy McMahon as archaeology and historic preservation manager.
According to the DLNR Press Release, Dr. Aiu previously worked as a senior analyst in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs where she developed community networks, worked with the Native Hawaiian Preservation council, the Island Burial Councils, and supervised reviews on multiple high level projects.
McMahon worked as an archaeologist with the Historic Preservation Division for 20 years and served as acting administrator for the division since December 2007. She served on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Historic Preservation Task Force, was the humanities scholar for the Hawai‘i Committee on the Humanities, and the Historic Preservation Quality Control Manager for the Kaho‘olawe Cleanup Project. McMahon obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and completed coursework for a doctorate at the University of Hawai‘i.
SHPD is responsible for implementing the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, HRS Chapter 6E, and other laws pertaining to Historic Preservation in Hawaii.