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Supreme Court rejects Kyo-ya’s bid to build new Waikiki hotel
Sep 23, 2015
The Hawaii Independent
Hawaii’s highest court has overturned a city variance granted to Kyo-ya Hotels that would have allowed them to construct a new building along Waikiki Beach outside the developmental restrictions enacted for the Waikiki Special District.
UH turned Mauna Kea into a poorly managed industrial park
May 21, 2015
Star Advertiser
Not on our land
May 11, 2015
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The fate of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea could be linked to a looming, lesser-known fight at the Hawaii Supreme Court over a Haleakala telescope
Mauna Kea telescope petition delivered with 53,000 signatures
Apr 20, 2015
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Over 53,000 petition signatures against TMT delivered to Governor Ige
A sacred mountain, scarred by ambition
Apr 19, 2015
Star Advertiser
TMT construction postponement to continue
Apr 17, 2015
Star Advertiser
The Thirty Meter Telescope project’s leadership has informed Gov. David Ige that construction will continue to be postponed, according to a statement released by the governor’s office.
Moratorium on Mauna Kea Telescope Construction Extended
Apr 11, 2015
Civil Beat
Hawaii's governor says the Thirty Meter Telescope team tells him the work will be postponed until April 20.
Ige announces 1 week halt of Mauna Kea telescope construction
Apr 07, 2015
Hawaii News Now
OHA trustee calling for moratorium on Mauna Kea telescope
Apr 03, 2015
Longtime community activist Ritte says the goal to get "all of these observatories off the mountain"
VIDEO: Why Block TMT on Mauna Kea?
Mar 31, 2015
Big Island Video News
Self-described protectors Lanakila Mangauil and Kahookahi Kanuha explain their reasons for blocking the Thirty Meter Telescope’s construction crews from the Northern Plateau of the Mauna Kea summit
World’s Largest Telescope Faces Opposition from Native Hawaiian Protesters
Feb 20, 2015
Scientific American
Construction has begun on the Thirty Meter Telescope, despite continuing opposition by cultural and environmental activists
Cultural practitioners, environmentalists deliver Mauna Kea demands to Governor
Jan 21, 2015
The Hawaii Independent
No further build-up on Mauna Kea, refusal to accept new UH lease top the list.
KAHEA: Restricting access to Mauna Kea is a First Amendment violation
Oct 03, 2014
Hawaii Independent
The TMT project breaks ground next Tuesday, and protesters are concerned they won't be able to demonstrate because Hawaiʻi County Police has recommended that UH close off access to Mauna Kea during the ceremony.
VIDEO: OHA Again Pressed To Help In TMT Fight
Sep 20, 2014
Big Island Video News
At the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, Kalani Flores and Pua Case were given 10 minutes to speak during the public testimony portion of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board meeting. The two Waimea residents talked about Pohakuloa Training Area (we’ll have that story later), and their ongoing struggle against the Thirty Meter Telescope.
TMT project headed back to court: 4 appeal denial of contested case hearing request for sublease
Aug 29, 2014
West Hawaii Today
Four Big Island residents denied a contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope's sublease are taking the issue to court.
OHA backs down from contesting the TMT sublease
Jul 17, 2014
The Hawaii Independent
After meeting on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of pursuing a petition OHA filed on July 7 to contest the Thirty Meter Telescope sublease, OHA's trustees have decided the agency will not attempt to block the project.
Indigenous Hawaiians Fight Proposed Telescope on Sacred Mauna Kea
Jun 24, 2014
Indian Country Today
In Hawaii, scientists and Native Hawaiians are going toe-to-toe over the decision to build the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop a sacred mountain. The summit of Mauna Kea already holds 13 telescopes, but this one would be vastly larger than the others and the largest telescope in the world until another is completed in Chile.
Objections place hold on telescope sublease
Jun 23, 2014
Star Advertiser
Intel founder, land board asked to stop new Mauna Kea observatory
Jun 12, 2014
SF Gate
Mauna Kea is only worth three apartment building development projects
Jun 11, 2014
Hawaii Independent
The proposed sublease rent rates UH plans on charging the TMT LLC totals to roughly three times what the state will charge, in total, developer Forest City to build the 690 Pohukaina apartment building complex.
Hawaii Monitor: Shifting the Sands to Evade Waikiki’s Zoning Limits
Jun 11, 2014
Civil Beat
The hotel company Kyo-ya is using a nonexistent shoreline to get around restrictions on building heights.
Hawaii's ecosystem harmed by building on Mauna Kea
Mar 10, 2014
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
KAHEA Board member Jon Osorio submits an op-ed response to an article posted in the Star-Advertiser on February 24, 2014, "UH regents right to OK telescope," Our View."
Mauna Kea: The Road Ahead for the Thirty Meter Telescope
Feb 28, 2014
Hawaii Public Radio
Noe Tanigawa reports on the ongoing approval process for the planned Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.
Thirty Meter Telescope on hold while study conducted
Dec 24, 2013
Honolulu Star Advertiser
Taking a stand for Mauna Kea, against mammoth new observatory
Dec 13, 2013
SF Gate
New telescope atop Mauna Kea begs questions
Dec 13, 2013
Honolulu Star Advertiser
KAHEA Board VP, Jon Osorio's op-ed on links between the Thirty-Meter Telescope litigation and BLNR's hearing on UH's lease renewal of Mauna Kea lands.
Showdown on Thirty Meter Telescope
Feb 13, 2013
Hawaii Tribune Herald
Dozens of supporters, and an even larger cadre of opponents, lined the streets outside and the hallways inside the Hawaii County Building in Hilo on Tuesday morning in anticipation of the final hearing for a construction permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope before the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.
TMT hearing set for Tuesday
Feb 11, 2013
Hawaii Tribune Herald
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources will hear testimony Tuesday at 11 a.m. concerning the long-debated, $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope project planned for the summit of Mauna Kea.
Land Board is next step for 30-meter telescope
Jan 31, 2013
West Hawaii Today
Land Board is next step for 30-meter telescope
Words and Actions, Purple Spot Edition
Feb 16, 2012
Civil Beat
Honolulu City Council's campaign pledges then and now
Mauna Kea–Sacred Summit or Cash Cow? Controversy over the Thirty Meter Telescope
Sep 14, 2011
Honolulu Weekly
Are the contributions of astronomy worth the actual costs?
Ethnocentric Fishing Practices Threaten Hawaiian Communities
Aug 04, 2011
Inter Press Service
As the world gears up to celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous People on Aug. 9, a joint lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii's Federal District Court against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reveals the interconnectedness of environmental destruction and violations of native people's rights.
Lawsuit challenges industrial aquaculture ‘fishing permit’
Aug 03, 2011
The Hawaii Independent
A lawsuit filed today in Hawaii’s Federal District Court challenges a fishing gear permit issued to Kona Blue Water Farm by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for its open ocean aquaculture “aquapods.”
TMT: controversy combusts
Jul 20, 2011
Ka Leo The Voice
Native Hawaiian practitioners and conservationists are making a case against the Thirty Meter Telescope, proposed to be built on Hawaiian public conservation lands atop Mauna Kea.
Monk seal habitat protection expansion hearings announced
Jul 14, 2011
The Hawaii Independent
Monk seal habitat protection expansion hearings announced
Grassroots hui coordinates defense of the Mauna Kea conservation district
Jul 04, 2011
The Hawaii Independent
Grassroots hui coordinates defense of the Mauna Kea conservation district
State Hobbles Army Training
Jun 27, 2011
Abercrombie requires Army to do an environmental review of helicopter training on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.
Development blocks traditional access
Jun 13, 2011
As land developments increase in Hawaii's once rural areas, some residents are becoming increasingly worried about the loss of access to recreational, hunting and fishing areas.
Papaikou Access Statement of Facts
Jun 13, 2011
Papaikou Access Statement of Facts
Biologist questions aquaculture ecosystems
Jun 12, 2011
West Hawaii Today
Biologist questions aquaculture ecosystems
Army studies impact of aviation noise on Mauna Kea
May 22, 2011
The Pittsburgh Tribune
Army studies impact of aviation noise on Mauna Kea
Line in the Sand Rally
May 04, 2011
Honolulu Weekly
A 26-story condo/hotel proposed by Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts for the lot between the old Moana Hotel and Kuhio Beach Park will be the target of a grassroots protest organized by KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance.
Kyo-Ya: Hearing set for Surfrider’s new tower
Apr 08, 2011
Pacific Business News
Proponents say Kyo-ya’s projects must proceed to ensure Waikiki’s success
Mauna Kea Telescope OK'd
Feb 26, 2011
Land Board approves Conservation District Use Permit for 18-story, 8-acre Thirty Meter Telescope construction project on conservation lands on Mauna Kea.
Shadows on the Beach
Jan 19, 2011
Honolulu Weekly
An appeal for help in Waikiki, as Kyo-ya moves forward with plans to build a 26-story beachfront hotel/apartment building in the middle of Waikiki Beach.
Community Comes to Defense of Ag Land
Jan 11, 2011
Hawaii Independent
Experts and long-time residents emphasize Lualualei Valley’s cultural and agricultural significance in testimony to the State Land Use Commission (LUC).
Discussing the Kyo-Ya Expansion - Town Square Radio on HPR
Jan 11, 2011
Townsquare on Hawai'i Public Radio
Host Beth-Ann Kozlovich is joined in the studio, representing the coalition of groups who filed the appeal, Marti Townsend, Program Director at KAHEA. Also in the studio and not a part of the appeal, Scott Wilson, a licensed architect on the board of directors of AIA Honolulu Chapter, and Patrick Onishi, an architect and part-time faculty member at UH School of Architecture's Community Design and Sustainable Research Program.
Coalition fights to keep Waikiki developer Kyo-Ya from bending the rules
Jan 06, 2011
Hawaii Independent
Mega remodeling of Waikiki skyline incites a firestorm of resistance to what community members say is just too big and too illegal.
In Hilo, Feelings Mixed on 30-meter Telescope
Dec 03, 2010
West Hawaii Today
Squirrel Advocates Say - Mt. Graham Telescopes Must Go!
Dec 03, 2010
Arizona Daily Star
Squirrel Advocates Say - Mt. Graham Telescopes Must Go!
State OKs Maui Solar Telescope, Hawaiian Opponents Feel Burned
Dec 02, 2010
Civil Beat
In Waikiki, Fears That Construction Will Spoil Beach
Nov 01, 2010
New York Times
Kyo-ya, which owns large swaths of Waikiki, is proposing a $700 million redevelopment of its Princess Kaiulani and Moana Surfrider hotels. The plan would include replacing an eight-story wing of the Moana Surfrider with a 26-story hotel and condo tower — at 300 feet, more than twice as tall as the current zoning rules allow
A done deal becomes a cause célèbre
Oct 20, 2010
Honolulu Weekly
Oahu’s enviro-watchdogs had launched a last-minute, do-or-die mobilization against a super-luxury hotel/condo tower that wants to break some important zoning laws and squeeze itself onto a narrow strip of sand smack in the middle of Waikiki, between the old Moana Hotel and bustling Kuhio Beach Park.
The Lost Lands of `Ainalani
Oct 10, 2010
FLUX magazine
What do we do when our `ainalani, our heavenly land, looks no different than any other major metropolitan city? What do we tell the thousands of vacationers, who visit our islands for its inherent natural beauty, when our beaches are eroded upon and steel and concrete weigh down too heavily on our sacred land, our beautiful land?
Sep 01, 2010
Honolulu Weekly
Conservation rule changes bring out hundreds of concerned residents.
Overhaul of Conservation Rules Rushed
Aug 29, 2010
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Op-Ed
Op-ed by Professor Jon Osorio and Vicky Holt-Takamine.
Lualualei community fights to save farmland
Aug 18, 2010
The Hawaii Independent
Hawaii Independent reports - Lualualei community fights to save farmland
Residents Oppose Nanakuli Light Industrial Park
Aug 18, 2010
Leeward Coast residents joining forces to oppose a proposed light industrial park in Nanakuli.
UH could gain Mauna Kea oversight
Feb 22, 2009
Honolulu Star Advertiser
UH could gain Mauna Kea oversight. Critics object to bills, given school's 'proven track record of failure.'
$12 Million Yale-Caltech Effort To Probe ‘Grandest Questions in Modern Astrophysics’
Feb 20, 2009
Yale Office of Communications and Public Affairs
$12 million dollar deal for 150 nights = $80,000 for Keck Telescopes.
Science, Culture Clash Over Sacred Mountain
Mar 18, 2001
Los Angeles Times
The emotionally charged debate over Western and Hawaiian uses of this rocky pinnacle is much more than a fight over a telescope or a mountaintop. To many Hawaiians, nothing less than the future of their homeland is at stake. And it is a perfect example of the often fumbling progress of Western science in a multicultural world.
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