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Ane Keohokalole clears Burial Council hurdle

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Karin Stanton/Hawaii247 Contributing Editor

Hawaii 24/7 has learned Ane Keohokalole Highway has received the OK from the Hawaii Island Burial Council.

The council on Thursday gave its formal approval to the county’s burial treatment plan for the highway, also known as the mid-level road.

Expressing its appreciation for allowing descendants to decide the best treatment for remains found near the highway, the Burial Council unanimously approved the plan, which calls for all four sets of human remains to be preserved in place.

Approval of the burial treatment plan is key to the funding of the first phase of the 1.5-mile Ane Keohokalole Highway, which will connect Palani Road with Kealakehe Parkway and provide an alternative route for Kona motorists.

Later phases will connect Kealakehe Parkway with Hina-Lani Street, and then Hina-Lani Street with Kaiminani Drive.

In addition to relieving traffic, Ane Keohokalole Highway will feature walking and bike paths and a transit route with federally funded buses.

County officials previously have said they hope the highway will reduce the number of cars on the road as drivers, tired of high fuel costs, take advantage of free county bus service to commute to and from work.

The Ane Keohokalole is a top priority of the Mayor Billy Kenoi Administration and is one of the centerpieces of the community-driven and community-approved Kona Community Development Plan.

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