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Honolulu rail project's impact on cultural and historical resources

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu rail project has made significant progress since funding was approved in 2005. But there is much to be settled before construction can begin. Amy Kalili takes a look at a concern among a group of native Hawaiians about the rail's impact on cultural and historical resources.

The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is a 20-mile elevated rail line that runs from East Kapolei to Ala Moana. The design is much like the Skytrain in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

ʻO ko Honolulu pâhana alakau he alahao kaulewa e holo ana no 20 mile mai Kapolei a i Ala Moana. Ua ʻano like kona ʻano me ka Skytrain nei ma Kanakâ.

"Our responsibility is to properly care for the iwi kupuna, not to oppose or support this project," said Hina Falemelei Member, Oahu Island Burial Council.

ʻO ko mâkou kuleana ka mâlama ʻana i nâ iwi a me ko lâkou pono. ʻAʻole o ko mâkou kuleana e kûʻç. ʻAʻole o ko mâkou kuleana e paipai.

Rail planners may encounter iwi during construction and to avoid this, planners conduct archaeological inventory surveys prior to the project. "We are doing the archeological surveys in a phased approach in order to minimize the impact of surveying," said Faith Miyamoto Chief Environmental Planner, Rapid Transit Division, City & County of Honolulu.

E loaʻa ana nô paha nâ iwi ke hoʻomaka i ke kûkulu i kçia ala he 20 mile ka lôʻihi a i mea e palekana ai, hana mua ʻia nâ ana koehana.

Ke hana ʻia nçi kçia mau ana ma kekahi mau mâhele e emi ai ke ʻano e pâ ʻino ai.

But the Council argues that a survey of the entire route is necessary before any construction begins, because of the high probability that iwi will be found in the final phases.

Manaʻo naʻe ko ke kanihela, pono e ana ʻia ke ala holoʻokoʻa ma mua o ke kûkulu ʻoiai he papaha nui ka loaʻa o nâ iwi ma nâ mâhele hope.

"The initial phase only isn't enough. We know this area here, Halekauwila, which is the route of the final phase, is a significant ancient burial ground," said Hina.

ʻAʻole me kçia hoʻomaka wale aku a hiki mai i kahi o ka hopena. Aue, pau ka pono. Ua maopopo mua nô hoʻi iâ kâkou, ma kçlâ ʻano wahi ʻo Halekauwila. ka môʻaukala o ia ʻano wahi, kçlâ nô kekahi wahi e waiho nui nei nâ iwi kûpuna o kâkou.

Finding iwi in the final phases of completing the rail may delay the project for quite sometime. "We would be able to maybe move the column location or make changes to the project in order to avoid you know iwi. Any kind of delay would entail cost," said Faith.

Inâ nô loaʻa nâ iwi ma ka pau ʻana, he mea ia e kâohi ʻia a lohi loa ai ka pâhana.

"We would be able to maybe move the column location or make changes to the project in order to avoid you know iwi. Any kind of delay would entail cost," said Miyamoto.

E hiki ana ke hoʻoneʻe ʻia nâ kôlamu a hoʻoloi i palekana ai nâ iwi. E piʻi nô ka lilo.

"We have been in the process of getting as much data research studying the iwi kupuna issues because we want to be very careful and sensitive when this part of the project begins," said Dr. Kahu Kaleo Patterson Environmental Compliance Manager, Rail Project.

Ke ʻimi nui ʻia nei nô ka ʻikepili ʻoiai makemake e makaʻala pono ʻia ke hoʻomaka ka pâhana.

 

Original Airdate 1/12/2010

 

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