Veterans cemetery renovation set to begin

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A renovation of gravesites at Makawao Veterans Cemetery on Maui is set to begin later this month.

The Maui News says the $1.1 million restoration project is expected to take one year and will include the refurbishing, cleaning and realignment of more than 1,500 gravesites.

The project work was recently awarded to BCP Construction of Hawaii.

Hawaii State Veterans Services director Ronald Han says new burials will continue as usual at the cemetery, but sections undergoing renovation will be blocked to visiting families and cordoned off for safety reasons.

The project is expected to begin in mid-February.

The seven-acre cemetery is nearing capacity. But Han says it's still on track for a 10-acre expansion.

Officials have said they hope to begin construction on the expansion this year.

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