Construction halted at Maui Veterans Cemetery

Construction halted at Maui Veterans Cemetery

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Construction is stopped on improvements to Maui Veterans Cemetery after the project was found to conflict with the National Historic Preservation Act.

The Maui News reports the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is pursuing a historic analysis to gauge the potential impact work on the area could have on the neighboring Makawao Cemetery.

State Deputy Attorney General Amanda Weston says construction can resume when the veterans affairs department complies with the preservation act.

A lawsuit filed by the Makawao Cemetery Association in October said some improvements would damage the area's historic nature. Last week, the group asked for a temporary restraining order to stop work on a shared lot.

The $6 million project would improve and expand Maui's only veterans' cemetery, where available burial sites are becoming scarce.

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