Maui Veterans Cemetery to resume expansion construction

Maui Veterans Cemetery to resume expansion construction

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - State officials are moving forward with plans to open a new burial site to provide much-needed space at Maui's only cemetery for veterans in September.

The Maui News reports that Hawaii Department of Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Charles Anthony said Thursday no families needing burials will be turned away.

A $6 million project to expand the cemetery resumed in February after it stalled in November, when it was found to be in violation of federal historic preservation laws.

An association for the neighboring 19th-century Makawao Cemetery had sued federal and state agencies, arguing the expansion would degrade the cemetery's historic charm.

An attorney for the group says they agreed to allow construction to proceed as long as no work gets done on an area near a parking lot.

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