In light of Friday’s Hawaii Supreme Court ruling on rail, former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano has called on the city and county of Honolulu to halt work on the $5.26 billion project.
Cayetano, who’s running for Honolulu mayor, sent a letter Monday to current Mayor Peter Carlisle and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director Dan Grabauskas asking them to save taxpayer dollars by complying with the high court’s ruling and complete archeological survey work before continuing with construction.
Here’s an excerpt:
By allowing the design and construction work to continue the City is running up millions of dollars in costs — costs that will ultimately have to be borne by the taxpayers of Honolulu. This is unwise. In the event that archeological study discovers massive iwi and burial sites in the path of the current rail route, significant changes may have to be made, wasting the design and construction now being done despite the Court’s ruling. The taxpayers should not pay for the cost of that work.
The attorneys representing the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case have also asked the city to stop construction. In fact, we’re supposed to be hearing today whether the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation will be seeking a court order to follow through on that request.