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KAHEA's response to Land Board's decision to approve TMT CDUP

KAHEA's response to Land Board's decision to approve TMT CDUP

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Oct 04, 2017 07:03 PM |
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Mauna Kea is the anchor for kanaka maoli, it is our collective mana, which is being stripped and disrespected. Our deities exist in its winds, its rains and mist and dew, and its snows. The elemental nature of the Mauna reaffirms from where we come and where we now stand.

This is not the first time that the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) has failed to enforce constitutional and legal protections for conservation district lands, native Hawaiian cultural practices and the environmental resources upon which those practices depend. For two decades, a hui of Hawaiian cultural practitioners and environmental justice advocates have worked tirelessly to bring attention to these issues and to be voices of reason against unfettered development of our sacred Mauna Kea. In 2015, the Hawai'i Supreme Court invalidated BLNR's approval of the TMT permit. BLNR has missed another opportunity to do the right thing and KAHEA and other community petitioners are faced with the burden of fixing those failures, yet again.

The next step will be the court appeal. Both the Hearing Officer and the BLNR have committed some of the same procedural violations that the Hawai'i Supreme Court cautioned against. Both those for and against the TMT earlier sought to disqualify the Hearing Officer, and similarly, objected to participation by board members with conflicts of interest. We emphasize also that the TMT International Observatory Corporation does not have a sublease for its use of Mauna Kea lands. Construction should not begin before all legal processes have run their course. We've been here before, we are here now, and we are here in the days and years to come.

No, the state should not allow TMT on Mauna Kea

No, the state should not allow TMT on Mauna Kea

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Sep 09, 2016 11:55 PM |
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While Hawaii’s leaders see this gathering as an opportunity to showcase Hawaii’s conservation efforts, our accomplishments cannot hide the elephant in the room: the state-supported proposal for a massive Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) proposed for a designated conservation district near the summit of Mauna Kea.

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Expanding protection for our kupuna islands

Expanding protection for our kupuna islands

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Jul 27, 2016 04:15 PM |

KAHEA was part of the initial push to create a protective refuge in the state waters of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and the subsequent, successful establishment of the first-ever marine monument in 2006. This action would protect one of the most unique ocean ecosystems on the planet.

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Why designate Keauhou as a water management area?

Why designate Keauhou as a water management area?

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Apr 04, 2016 08:49 PM |

Protect Kona’s freshwater! KAHEA supports the National Park Services’ petition requesting the state Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) to designate the Keauhou aquifer in Kona as a “ground water management area” (WMA). WMA designation would protect freshwater resources and the rights of communities and Hawaiian practitioners in those resources.

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Tracking the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tracking the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted by Shelley at Feb 16, 2016 07:10 PM |

Tips for submitting online testimony to the state legislature and a simple way to track various bills.

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Big reasons to celebrate and give thanks!

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Dec 31, 2015 02:44 PM |

As 2015 comes to a quick close we wanted to send a mahalo out to all of you who have supported us through the years--it is a time to celebrate as we reflect on a pretty remarkable year!

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Testify against proposed "emergency” rules for Mauna Kea on July 10

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Jul 08, 2015 01:50 AM |
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ACTION ALERT: "Emergency” rules proposed for Mauna Kea could authorize DLNR to severely restrict public access to the mauna and impose severe penalties for violations.

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