Lawmakers introduce bill to repair, maintain Pearl City cemetery

Published: Jan. 26, 2016 at 11:31 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2016 at 11:36 PM HST
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Gregg Takayama
Gregg Takayama

PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pearl City legislators have introduced House Bill 1840, which calls for a plan to repair the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery on 4th Street off Kamehameha Hwy.

"This would require the State to be proactive in protecting the hundreds of family members affected by the unsafe and poorly maintained conditions at Sunset Memorial Park," said Rep. Gregg Takayama (Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades).

The measure is backed by Rep. roy Takumi (Pearl City, Manana, Waipio) and Rep. Sam Kong (Aiea).

"Since the death of its previous owner, Sunset Memorial Park has had no registered owner or operator and has fallen into serious disrepair over the past several years," Rep. Takayama said. "Community volunteers seeking to assist have been discouraged by the state because of liability questions."

Under the proposal, the state Department of Commerce and consumer Affairs would be directed to develop short-term and long-term strategiesfor the upkeep, repair and maintenance of the cemetery and submit its proposal to the 2017 Legislature.

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