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Not the whole story about TMT

Not the whole story about TMT

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at May 10, 2013 09:20 PM |
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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."

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Mauna Kea Hearing Update

Mauna Kea Hearing Update

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Mar 14, 2013 03:15 AM |

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.

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Mauna Kea Rally + Hearing • Feb. 12th 9:30 AM • Hilo County Building

Mauna Kea Rally + Hearing • Feb. 12th 9:30 AM • Hilo County Building

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Feb 08, 2013 02:20 AM |

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.

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Huaka‘i no Mauna Kea: Interview with Ku Ching

Huaka‘i no Mauna Kea: Interview with Ku Ching

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Feb 08, 2013 02:11 AM |

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.

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Jon Osorio's response to Abercrombie's comments on PLDC

Jon Osorio's response to Abercrombie's comments on PLDC

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Sep 18, 2012 11:42 PM |

KAHEA board member Jon Osorioʻs response to Abercrombieʻs comments on the PLDC.

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Board member Jon Osorio testifies at the PLDC hearing on Oahu

Board member Jon Osorio testifies at the PLDC hearing on Oahu

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Sep 16, 2012 04:32 AM |


"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

Monk Seals Tied to Land and Sea: A Look at Critical Habitat

Monk Seals Tied to Land and Sea: A Look at Critical Habitat

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Aug 06, 2012 12:49 AM |
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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.

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