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Posted: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 10:42 AM HST

Waipio Valley bill concerns locals

By Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii (AP) A state Senate bill addressing the future of Waipio Valley is raising concerns among locals.

More than 100 people gathered in Honokaa Sunday to discuss the bill, which would establish a temporary working group to look at issues of preservation. The bill was approved by the state house committees on finance last week.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald says SB 3063 would create an avenue for the purchase of land in the Valley from the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.

Rep. Mark Nakashima, a Democrat representing the area, led the discussion.

At the meeting, people questioned how the sale of land to the state would affect residents who currently lease the land for farming and cultural and educational programs.

People say they want a working group to consist of valley residents.

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