Building of hotel caused desecration of burials

“50 years for Sheraton Maui” (The Maui News, Jan. 24) commemorates an event which so few beyond the families that have been injured are remotely aware of.

I am speaking of the digging up, removing and desecration of many, many burials during the construction (1962-1964) and renovation (1997) of the Sheraton-Maui Hotel, today known as the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

Well before Pu’u Keka’a and Kaanapali were turned into a playground and cash cow for tourist and commercial enterprises, families lived, cultivated and hunted both the land and seas of this sacred wahi pana. For many of us today, lineal and non-lineal descendants, Pu’u Keka’a and Kaanapali remain sacred, despite the desecrated events and ongoing marketing ploys to hide these facts.

And for the record, these facts are a small part of our family mo’olelo that have been passed on to siblings, cousins and myself from our respective mothers born at Keka’a, Moku O Kaanapali, whose parents, sister, aunt and uncle’s burials were desecrated and removed for a hotel.

Foster Ampong