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Vegetation growing unchecked at Pearl Harbor

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PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It is the No. 1 tourist attraction in the state -- Pearl Harbor.

But on Kamehameha Highway, at the entrance to the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument visitor center, vegetation is being allowed to grow unchecked.

"If there's grass that's growing out of place, we'll get a comment on it." said monument spokeswoman Julia Clebsch. "It's vital to the way people perceive it."

The visitor center at Pearl Harbor is immaculate, with a dedicated staff tending solely to the landscaping, adding to the visitor experience.

However, the groundskeepers don't go outside the federal land. And on Kamehameha Highway, the grass and shrubs have grown out of control. One shrub has basically swallowed an entire guardrail. Next to it, tree branches encroach the roadway. A crosswalk looks like a neglected yard.

Hawaii News Now went searching for answers as to how this area, so close to such an important historic and economic resource, was allowed to get so dilapidated.

The land along Kamehameha Highway is owned by the state. The state Department of Transportation gave jurisdiction of the land to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation since rail work will be done there. HART is now responsible for maintenance.

We called the city,and after our inquiry, HART took responsibility for the mess, and said a contractor has been notified to clear the area immediately.

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