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Lawsuit over munitions cleanup at Pohakuloa to go to trial

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The trial is set to start this week in a lawsuit claiming Hawaii failed to protect former kingdom lands at Pohakuloa that are now being used for live-fire exercises by the U.S. military.

Two Big Island residents filed the lawsuit naming the Department of Land and Natural Resources as well as its chairman at the time, William Aila. The claimants say there is unexploded ordnance on the land despite a requirement in the Army's Pohakuloa lease that live ammunition be removed or deactivated after training exercises.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the trial starts Tuesday in Honolulu.

Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. is representing plaintiffs Clarence Ching and Mary Kahaulelio.

Both the Army and DLNR declined to comment on the ongoing litigation. The state denied the lawsuit's assertions in 2014.

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