If you're interested in the issue of burial preservation, I've got a cover story in the current Honolulu Weekly that delves into how the city's rail project is likely to impact iwi kupuna, and concerns that Honolulu Mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Mufi Hannemann is manipulating the process for his own political benefit:
Kawika McKeague, chairman of the Oahu Island Burial Council (OIBC), is not a psychic. But he and other preservationists say they can see the future of the city’s $5.3 billion elevated rail project, and to them, it looks something like this:
The city will build the line from West Oahu to downtown, where it will start finding large concentrations of Hawaiian burials. The city, citing the billions already invested to get to that point, will then pressure the Burial Council to relocate the iwi kupuna, or allow construction atop the bones. If Council members resist, they’ll be vilified as anti-development obstructionists and blamed for delaying — perhaps even derailing — the project and adding greatly to its cost. If they go along, they’ll be vilified as cultural sell-outs who set burial protection back to square one. The result, in any case, will be controversy, animosity, great sorrow and angst.
You can read the rest here.
This same approach to phasing the archaeological surveys is also being employed here with the various Wailua projects, including the Path.