Protesters say development is violating burial site rules

Protesters say development is violating burial site rules

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Protesters are saying developers of a 1,550-acre project are violating a court order that establishes the treatment of burial sites there.

West Hawaii Today reports State Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward says the department is looking into claims that the Hokulia development violated a 2006 settlement agreement.

Descendants of the region gathered at the development gates Monday. They say contrary to the agreement, the developer doesn't have an on-site archaeological monitor during construction, is using herbicides to maintain burials, and hasn't consulted with descendants on how to treat the sites.

Requests for comment from Hokulia parent company SunChase Holdings Inc. and its president were not immediately returned.

Protest organizer LeeAnn Leslie says she wanted descendants and the community to know what's happening at the development.

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