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Work would desecrate Waimanalo site, foes say

  • Video by Mark Ladao

    Dozens held a vigil at Sherwood Forest in Waimanalo Sunday to oppose construction of a planned athletic field, saying it is a federally recognized Hawaiian burial site. An estimated 50 or so opponents of the construction project at the 75-acre Sherwood Forest -- also known as Waimanalo Bay Beach Park -- sign waved along Kalanianaole Highway to show their opposition. They had also stuck white, wooden crosses in the grass to represent the 92 human remains in the area that have been found over the course of 50 years' worth of archaeological investigations in the area.


    Demonstrators gathered Sunday to hold a vigil to honor the dead at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park. They said they have discovered that the site is on the National Register of Historic Places because of the remains that are buried there.


    “The white crosses represent the 92-plus kupuna iwi. … They still exist here.”

    Kuike Kamakea-Ohelo

    President, Save Our Sherwoods, a nonprofit that looks to preserve Waimanalo’s cultural, historical and natural resources


    Kuike Kamakea- Ohelo, president of the Save Our Sherwoods organization, gathered supporters Sunday for a short rally on the side of Kalanianaole Highway fronting Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.

Activists opposed to the construction of a new playground and sports field at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park are now tying their struggle to the protests against the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Read more

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