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Kauai woman uncovers cemetery on plantation plot

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:10 a.m. HST, Oct 16, 2013

ELEELE >> A Kauai woman who found a gravestone on an overgrown plot near the beach eventually found she'd discovered a 100-year-old cemetery.

The Garden Island reported that Debrah Davis has been working to clear overgrown grass and weeds from the land since July, uncovering about one-third of the cemetery's headstones.

Davis says historical records give evidence the cemetery was used for sugar plantation workers who traveled from Asia at the end of the 19th century. Davis says the plot is owned by Alexander and Baldwin Inc., the parent company of McBryde Sugar Co. The landowner did not return calls seeking comment from the newspaper.

Davis says trying to resurrect the cemetery is like an archaeological project. She says clearing the weeds destroyed her weedeater, so she bought a sickle.

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cojef wrote:
Wonder if A&B will allow the land to be reclaimed and honored as hallowed ground for the immigrants buried there. Sure would be nice if they did do that.
on October 15,2013 | 11:08AM
false wrote:
Of course they didn't return calls. Now they might be responsible to clear the weeds, etc. We'll see.
on October 15,2013 | 11:12AM
XML808 wrote:
A&B could at least buy her a new gas weed eater and a years worth of massage for all her hard work. A&B is responsible so they should step up and clean up this parcel. Our neighbors in Eleele deserve just as much attention as those in Kahala!
on October 15,2013 | 12:45PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
By "weeds", do you mean...................?
on October 15,2013 | 12:55PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Bless you Debrah Davis for helping give those who passed a decent place to rest. Apparently A&B doesn't feel obgligated to.
on October 15,2013 | 02:18PM
I'd recommend a full-blown EIS report, let the state spend an ungodly amount of money, spend the next 2 years in courts to see if it is ok to continue. If its good enough for rail, it should be good enough for Kauai.
on October 15,2013 | 06:45PM
syhud wrote:
GONEGOLFIN didn't I see on the news once. I think you were on your surfboard protesting the arrival of the super ferry on Kauai.
on October 15,2013 | 06:56PM
Bdpapa wrote:
No he was on shore and sent his kids in the water.
on October 16,2013 | 06:59AM
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