HONOLULU (AP) — The city wants the state Supreme Court to revisit a decision that led to shutting down construction of Honolulu’s $5-billion rail line.
The high court ruled last month the state Historic Preservation Division violated its own rules by allowing rail construction to begin before an archaeological survey was completed for the entire 20-mile route.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/Q9xky8 ) reported Friday that in a court filing, city lawyers argue the historic preservation division has authority to allow the project to continue.
Paulette Kaleikini sued to stop construction in an effort to protect ancient Hawaiian remains in the path of the rail line.
City lawyers argue digging for the survey might uncover human remains that would not have been disturbed by rail construction.