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University of Hawaii part of highway project mitigation deal

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Plans to widen the highway from Kona International Airport to Kealakehe Parkway will include $800,000 in mitigation funds to study Native Hawaiian archaeology and anthropology.

West Hawaii Today reports the University of Hawaii at Hilo is putting the funds to use over five years to create curriculum that expands on what is already known about culture on the Big Island. Five professors and a scholarship fund will be added under the plan, along with immersion charter schools and a project to record oral histories in the Kekaha region.

Construction on the Queen Kaahumanu Highway starts in the fall, and is expected to be completed in two years. A 27-page agreement signed by stakeholders details mitigation plans for the historic sites that will be impacted by the $100-million project.

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