Discovery of possible artifact halts Hawaii park development

HONOLULU —A Hawaii park development project has been delayed following the discovery of a possible artifact on the grounds.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell halted the project at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Tuesday while officials wait for further information from the State Historic Preservation Division and the Oahu Island Burial Council.

The discovery of an artifact of historical value could hold up a $1.43 million development at the Oahu park, commonly known as Sherwood Forest.

The planned construction of a multipurpose field, 11-stall parking lot and playground has sparked demonstrations and a lawsuit to block the development.

Experts determined the object is “basalt of a lava dike.”

The burial council is scheduled to discuss the object at its Oct. 9 meeting before making a recommendation to the state.

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