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On Tuesday, the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) will hear final oral arguments from the parties on the construction permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Please support us as we seek to protect Mauna Kea from further industrialization.
Ten years ago, Uncle Ku Ching began plans for a unique huaka‘i from sea level up to the summit of Mauna Kea. It would become a journey that changed the next decade of his life.
KAHEA board member Jon Osorioʻs response to Abercrombieʻs comments on the PLDC.
"My name is Jonathan Osorio. I am a professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa and board member of the KAHEA Hawaiian Environmental Alliance. KAHEA calls for the repeal of ACT 55 and believes that there are no rules that can alter the intent and eventual outcomes of this legislation.
Act 55 is designed to allow commercial interests to ignore territorial, state and local regulations that have been implemented since before Hawaiʻi was a state to protect our Islands forests, streams, oceans and beaches and more recently to concede Native Hawaiians unrelinquished claims to what this Act refers to as the public lands.
Rules notwithstanding, the Act will produce new opportunities for a taking of Ceded Lands, whether through outright sales and transfers or through long term leases that might just as well be sales. And Hawaiians will sue. In fact, I think that the ultimate product of Act 55 will be endless litigation and a deepening mistrust of a state government that cannot manage our resources or plan effectively for the future."
Mahalo to Pono Kealoha for the video footage
Hawaiian monk seals are on a path toward extinction unless we take steps to protect them. Accordingly, in 2008 KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, and Ocean Conservancy petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate the beaches and coastal waters around the main Hawaiian Islands as critical habitat for the seal. The seals can no longer survive in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands alone; they are dying from starvation, and only one of every five pups born there will survive to adulthood. The main islands are also needed for their recovery. With critical habitat designation in the remote and main islands, and implementation of recovery actions, the seals have a chance.
Please join us on May 26th from 6-9pm at Calvary by the Sea for an evening of food, fun, and music! We'll have art by Ed Greevy, Meleana Meyer and other local artists for sale. There will be `ono smoke meat plates available for purchase as well as other pupu. Featured artists include Makana with special guest Lono, Jon Osorio and friends, Kawika Kahiapo and Bobby Moderow.
Hawane extends her gratitude to everyone who voted for Poli’ahu i ke kapu, a tribute to the divine snow goddess of Mauna Kea which recently won in the category of Single, Hawaiian Language for this year’s Big Island Music Awards.