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Mauna Kea advocates are seeking justice in Hawai‘i courts. Six plaintiffs have filed a Notice of Appeal in circuit court challenging the Board of Land and Natural Resources’ (BLNR) April 12th decision to grant the University of Hawai`i at Hilo a conservation district use permit (CDUP) to construct the world's second largest telescope, the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea.
Petitioner Kealoha Pisciotta of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou responds to Chad Babayan's letter stating that putting the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea is part of a "sacred mission."
Last month brought out the best in defenders of Hawai‘i‘s natural and cultural public trust resources. On February 12, 2013, the Board of Land and Natural Resources met in Hilo to hear final arguments from both sides of a "showdown" on the University of Hawai'i's permit to construct a Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) in the Mauna Kea summit area.
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