By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - An association for an 1861 Maui cemetery where several influential Hawaii figures are buried is suing federal and state agencies over a planned expansion project at a neighboring veterans' cemetery.
The lawsuit filed last week in federal court says the project will degrade the historic charm of Makawao Cemetery, where notable burials include Henry Perrine Baldwin, who co-founded what became one of Hawaii's largest sugar plantations.
The lawsuit says the Maui Veterans Cemetery expansion and improvement project shouldn't move forward until complying with the National Historic Preservation Act.
Association President Camille Lyons says a 6-foot-high chain-link fence is among the project's plans that would damage the aesthetics of the historic cemetery.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs declined to comment on pending litigation. The state attorney general's office didn't immediately comment.