Developer Sees OK to Build at Ward Site

August 30, 2007

Author: Nina Wu

Source: Star Bulletin

The developer of the Whole Foods Market store at Ward Village Shops site in Kakaako says it considers the project cleared for completion, but the state is under even more scrutiny for how it is handling native Hawaiian remains.

This month, the state authorized General Growth Properties to remove 10 sets of remains beneath the planned Whole Foods store site, saying that the remains were not associated with a historic burial site.

The state's move, only two months after ordering developer General Growth to redesign its project and preserve 30 burials in place, has angered native Hawaiian opponents.