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Posted: Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 5:41 PM HST

Native skulls returned to Hawaii after 50 years

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The skulls of a Native Hawaiian man and woman are being returned to their home state after being in Texas for more than 50 years.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://is.gd/GPuLVS) says the remains were taken by a U.S. Air Force airman after being found near or on a beach between 1940 in 1960.

The skulls are in the possession of the University of Texas at San Antonio. They are, however, expected to be sent to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for reburial on Oahu.

UTSA archaeologist Cynthia Munoz says the airman apparently took the skulls to his home in San Antonio.

After the man died, the remains were found in a box in the garage by the man's son, who donated them to the university's Center for Archaeological Research last year.

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