Aloha Kakou_Mauna Kea Letter.
The above letter is written by Violet Pohakuku’i’ai Lui-Frank. The mountain has been met with over 50 years of mismanagement and broken promises. Now being heard around the world, Kanaka maoli remain committed to protecting the ‘aina from further desecration with no plans of leaving Maunakea until TMT leaves Hawai’i.
More info here: puuhuluhulu.com
The arrests Wednesday morning happened at the base of Mauna Kea, where an estimated 1,000 Maunakea Kai’i have gathered to try to block construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (“TMT”). Despite the 33 arrests, the protest at the base of the summit has remained peaceful. Governor Ige of Hawai’i declared a state of emergency following the arrests.
OHA Statement here: “The Native Hawaiian community weeps today.”
State of Hawai’i Emergency Proclamation – Mauna Kea.
More news here.
Hawaii News Now
Video ‘Conflict of Mauna Kea,’ a timeline exploring the history of tension over the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
OHA testimony on the Mauna Kea admin rules.
Draft rules from UH.
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Documents relating to the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Mauna Kea FAQ.
State of Hawai’i, Office of Hawaiian Affairs: “Mauna Kea is a deeply sacred place that is revered in Hawaiian traditions. It’s regarded as a shrine for worship, as a home to the gods, and as the piko of Hawaiʻi Island.
Mauna Kea is also a critical part of the ceded lands trust that the State of Hawaiʻi must protect and preserve for future generations, pursuant to its kuleana as a trustee.
Despite four state audits and generations of Native Hawaiians expressing concern about the threats to Mauna Kea, the state and the University of Hawaiʻi have continuously neglected their legal duties to adequately manage the mountain. Instead, they have prioritized astronomical development at the expense of properly caring for Mauna Kea’s natural and cultural resources.”
An interdisciplinary group of researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi teamed up with colleagues from other universities and several Native Hawaiian communities compiling work that collectively highlights Hawaiʻi as a global leader in the realm of biocultural restoration and aims to influence policy both locally and internationally.
See the UH news article here.
Read the special issue of Sustainability here.
Here is the opinion in In re Contested Case:
There is a dissent but that opinion will follow.
Linda Zhang has published “Re-Building a Native Hawaiian Nation: Base Rolls, Membership, and Land in an Effective Self-Determination Movement” in the Asian Pacific American Law Journal.
The DOI issued a news release regarding its rule for Native Hawaiians. Here’s the rule, “Procedures for Reestablishing a Formal Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community.”
Here is the opinion in Akina v. State of Hawai’i.
These appeals concern recent efforts by a group of Native Hawaiians to establish their own government. The plaintiffs are Hawaii residents who challenge that process. They appeal the district court’s order denying their request for a preliminary injunction to stop activities related to the drafting and ratification of self-governance documents. Separately, another group of Hawaii residents appeals the district court’s denial of their motion to intervene in the plaintiffs’ lawsuit. For the reasons that follow, we dismiss the plaintiffs’ appeal of the preliminary injunction order as moot, and we affirm the district court’s denial of the motion to intervene.