Legislature mulls handing off SHPD responsibilities to counties

  • The Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant is seen from a distance in late January. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Passenger vehicles line up at the terminus of Daniel K. Inouye Highway to make a left turn onto Mamalahoa Highway, also known as Highway 190, to head toward Kailua-Kona on Dec. 17, 2019. A project to extend Daniel K. Inouye Highway to Queen Kaahumanu Highway is held up by State Historic Preservation Division delays in archaeological plan reviews. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Delays in getting archaeological plan reviews from the State Historic Preservation Division have added years to the construction of Hawaii County projects, but county planning officials are skeptical a bill currently making its way through the Legislature is the answer.