Inside Honolulu

Rail Construction Shouldn’t Have Started, Hawaii Supreme Court Rules

·By civilbeat

The Hawaii Supreme Court agreed today with a woman who said the city and county of Honolulu should have completed its archeological surveys before starting any construction on its $5.26 billion heavy rail project.

The city performed some of this work with the intention of doing more later, and is already building columns for the 20-mile long rapid transit system.

Paulette Kaleikini is a descendent of Native Hawaiians, and in her legal challenge to the Supreme Court said the city first should have accounted for burial grounds in downtown Honolulu and Kakaako.