Waimanalo family claims UH hemp study land belongs to them

WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -A land dispute in Waimanalo could disrupt the University of Hawaii's plans for a new industrial hemp study.

After the blessing for the research project, a Waimanalo family contacted Hawaii News Now saying that land is theirs.

"They're planning on growing hemp on our land and we don't have any problems with it. We would just like some cooperation and some coordination with us, as the owners of course," says the family spokesman Austin Lorenzo.

On Friday, state leaders attended the seed planting ceremony.

“What more do you want for Hawaii than a termite proof building material? It then is fire retardant and climate controlled so you reduce the need for air conditioning. It's an amazing crop it never should have been outlawed," said State Rep. Cynthia Thielen on Friday (R-Kailua, Kaneohe Bay).

“My personal hope is that hemp will help us transition into a real sustainable...

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