HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hilo man who claims to have placed human remains of an ancestor at the site where a giant telescope could be built atop Mauna Kea says he wants to show the area should be protected.
Palikapu Dedman, who is facing potential criminal charges, told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he placed the remains on a stone altar at the site last September. He says he placed more remains there earlier this month after realizing the first set was missing.
Dedman says he plans to seek protective status for the altar as a burial site.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has forwarded its investigation of Dedman's actions to the Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for review.
Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope proposal, including Dedman, say it will desecrate state land.