WAILUKU, Hawaii — A judge has ordered a preliminary injunction to protect Valley Isle sand dunes from being mined for export and construction.

A Maui judge on Wednesday issued an order that no ground can be disturbed at the Maui Lani development’s Phase 9 without extensive outside oversight and an advance notice of work, KHON2-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2yLKXRl ).

The action comes after the community group Malama Kakanilua sued, claiming historic preservation laws were being violated and iwi burials were are at risk.

“(The judge) also said that the potential for human remains to be extracted from the sand dune and taken off site and put into the cement making process would be something of the gravest concern, and constitutes grave threat of irreparable harm,” attorney Lance Collins said.

Maui Lani partners said in a statement that it will continue to fully comply with archaeological monitoring. The ruling still allows the company to proceed with permitted work on the property, the company stated.

The case is expected to be in litigation for as long as a year or more.


Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com