Mauna Kea managers reviewing rules on cultural practices

Mauna Kea managers reviewing rules on cultural practices

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Proposed rules for cultural practices on Mauna Kea are drawing criticism from those who say they interfere with their beliefs.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that about a half-dozen people spoke out against the regulations at a Maunakea Management Board meeting Tuesday. The board agreed to have its Native Hawaiian advisory group review the proposed rules.

The draft regulations would require a permit for construction of cultural features, prevent offerings from being placed on roadways or existing structures and require cremated remains to be scattered out of public view.

The head of the management office, Stephanie Nagata, says such rules are required under the mountain's management plan and that they aren't intended to regulate religious beliefs.

This version of the story deletes incorrect information about authorizing public hearings.

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