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Hawaii looks for more money to restore Kahoolawe

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By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaiian island used as a military bombing range for nearly 50 years is now facing more problems with cuts in funding for restoration efforts.

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to give money to the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission, which is tasked with restoring the island. The bill would have originally asked for $600,000, but the amount was left blank in more recent drafts.

The U.S. Navy used Kahoolawe as a bombing range for nearly 50 years starting in World War II. Before the military took over the island, its native plant life was devastated by decades of ranching.

About 75 percent of the island's surface has been cleared of ordinance, but the rest is considered dangerous, with unexploded ordinance.

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