Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Walmart and our Iwi

Paulette Kaleikini stands in front of a Wal-Mart superstore in Honolulu, Friday, May 18, 2007, where 64 Native Hawaiian human remains will be buried. The skeletal remains were found during construction in 2003 and 2004 and are locked up in a trailer under a parking ramp. Kaleikini, a cultural descendant of the deceased, says the remains should have never been disturbed. Numerous ancient Hawaiian burial sites have been unearthed amid an island wide building boom, often spurring legal battles, costly construction delays or redesigns and bad blood with some Native Hawaiians who say burials should remain undisturbed.

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