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State responsible for care at part of Makiki Cemetery

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 14, 2013

~~<p><strong>Question</strong>: Who is responsible for maintaining Makiki Cemetery at Pensacola Street and Wilder Avenue? Why is it not even minimally cared for? I recently visited two family graves. It has always been a difficult walk through long and narrow aisles between rows of graves on a hillside. However, the current state of overgrown weeds and grass makes access to the headstones and water faucets even more precarious. Foliage is even growing over the base of headstones. The few available trash cans in the parking area are always overflowing and it appears someone may be dumping bulky items there. A couple of days later, I saw someone with a weed wacker who said he is hired to maintain the grounds &ldquo;only for the Japanese graves.&rdquo;</p>
<p><strong>Answer</strong>: Although the state Department of Accounting and General Services is responsible for grounds maintenance at Makiki Cemetery, there are sections where, by agreement with the state, other parties &ldquo;have taken it upon themselves to be responsible for grounds care,&rdquo; said spokesman R.J. Yahiku.</p>
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Question: Who is responsible for maintaining Makiki Cemetery at Pensacola Street and Wilder Avenue? Why is it not even minimally cared for? I recently visited two family graves. It has always been a difficult walk through long and narrow aisles between rows of graves on a hillside. However, the current state of overgrown weeds and grass makes access to the headstones and water faucets even more precarious. Foliage is even growing over the base of headstones. The few available trash cans in the parking area are always overflowing and it appears someone may be dumping bulky items there. A couple of days later, I saw someone with a weed wacker who said he is hired to maintain the grounds “only for the Japanese graves.”

Answer: Although the state Department of Accounting and General Services is responsible for grounds maintenance at Makiki Cemetery, there are sections where, by agreement with the state, other parties “have taken it upon themselves to be responsible for grounds care,” said spokesman R.J. Yahiku. Login for more...



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