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Lawsuit says Hawaii failed to protect Pohakuloa

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HILO >> Two Native Hawaiians are suing the state of Hawaii, saying it’s failed to protect former Hawaiian monarchy lands on the Big Island now used for military training.

West Hawaii Today reports Clarence Ching and Mary Maxine Kahaulelio are asking a state judge to declare the state has violated its trust agreement by allowing the military to degrade the land.

They also want to prevent the state Department of Land and Natural Resources from negotiating an extension to its current lease for Pohakuloa Training Area or entering a new lease until the trust conditions are met.

A 1964 agreement provides nearly 23,000 acres to the federal government at Pohakuloa until 2029 at a lease price of $1 for the duration of the lease.

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