HART reaches out to Native Hawaiians over bones
HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is reaching out to Native Hawaiians whose ancestors may be buried along a proposed rail line from the west side of Oahu to downtown.
Hawaii News Now reports (http://bitly.com/SA780c ) HART held the first in a series of meetings Thursday to discuss recent discoveries of bones, or iwi kupuna, in the city center area and along Nimitz Highway.
Transportation officials are encouraging possible descendant families to file claims and register with the State Historic Preservation Division to have a say in what happens to iwi kupuna that are found.
HART has recently sped up trench digging to finish the archaeological process before rail construction can resume.
HART CEO Dan Grabauskas has said pillars for the rail line could still be moved to protect the bones.