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Friday, November 8th, 2019

Testimony in opposition to UH Nov. 2019 proposed Management rules on Mauna Kea

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Aloha kakou,

A Board of Regents hearing on proposed Management Rules for Mauna Kea is set for Wed. Nov. 6, 2019 at UH Hilo Theater starting at 9:45 AM  Written testimony must be submitted by Tuesday, Nov. 5th at 9:45 AM .  Send to bor.testimony@hawaii.edu.  For more information see a KAHEA post here  https://org.salsalabs.com/o/2699/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=23844

Below is my written tesstimony.  Mahalo. Jim Albertini

Aloha UH President David Lassner and Board of Regent members,

Below is a short  statement on why Mauna Kea is so sacred to Hawaiians by Kealoha Pisciotta.  I stand in solidarity with Kealoha and other Native Hawaiian

cultural practitioners.

I stand in opposition to the latest proposed  UH Management rules for Mauna Kea. 

Rules for managing Hawaii’s most sacred temple, Mauna Kea, should be made by Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian Cultural practitioners,

not the University Board of Regents and State of Hawaii officials. 

President Lassner and Board of Regents — Get back to doing the work of education and stop desecrating Hawaii’s most sacred temple. You have done enough damage.

Mahalo and aloha,

Jim Albertini


Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

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Testify in person or via email ASAP on new rules for Mauna Kea

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance is working in communities around our islands to protect Hawaii’s native landscapes, sacred places and unique way of life. www.kahea.org
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Aloha e Jim ,

In the midst of an almost four months-long stand on Mauna Kea, the University Board of Regents is meeting to vote on two items that will affect the future of Mauna Kea on Wednesday November 6, 2019, 9:45 a.m. at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, on the Hilo campus.

WRITTEN COMMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019 AT 9:45 A.M. Please visit our click and send page to submit your testimony today!

We’re asking you to oppose BOTH items.(1) adopting rules that restrict access and use of Mauna Kea summit lands and implement a vague permitting system for the access that it does allow. The rules apply to the public, but not University or observatory personnel, or government entities (Agenda item no. III.A)

(2) Passing a twelve point resolution on twelve Mauna Kea management steps with a supporting budget (Agenda item no. III.B)

The newest draft of the proposed rules are available here, under Item III.B (PDF page 627). Testimony sign-up is at 9:30am, but the Regents call for further testimony at the end of the signed-in testifiers.

Talking points on the University’s proposed rules

  • The rules restrict access and use of Mauna Kea lands for everyone except the University, the observatories, and government officials, when it was the observatories and the University who were primarily responsible for littering and misuse that required rules in the first place.
  • Group permitting requiring 15 days advance notice and other documentation would effectively prohibit peaceful demonstrators from assembling on the mauna to prevent construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope
  • The rules would ban being on the mauna at night without a special permit — making it harder for the practice of traditional celestial observation to continue.
  • A first violation of rules could result in a fine as high as $400 or result in being immediately expelled from the area
  • The UH President is given too much power that includes but is not limited to the power to:
    • close or restrict access to all or some of the UH managed areas
    • approve or deny permit applications
    • impose fines for permit violations
    • approve DLNR activities (all of which are exempt from the permitting process)
    • decide the extent of commercial activity on the mauna via the number of available commercial permits
    • appoint (or be!) a hearing officer in a contested case if someone would like to contest a citation they received

Talking points on the University 12-point resolution!

The resolution repackages old promises and presents them as evidence of a new management direction. Re-promising to do things that the University already said it was likely to do anyway in its 2000 “Master Plan” is not the main problem. The problem is that, alongside these supposed concessions to good management, the resolution includes two new actions: relocation of the Hōkū Keʻa to “already developed land” by Hale Pōhaku and construction of a new educational center at Hale Pōhaku. The University’s proposal for more urban sprawl across the wao akua is contrary to what the Kia`i Mauna have been asking for. Talking points against the 12-point resolution include:

  • The continued expansion of Hale Pohaku and increase in visitor numbers is inappropriate for a conservation district and the wao akua that Mauna Kea is.
  • Since at least 2000, the University has identified five telescopes for decommissioning “within the next 20 years” and the renewed promise in 2019 to do so by 2033 does not account for this past broken promise.

Weʻve been following the management rulemaking process for over a year now. For more context click here to read comments that we submitted last June, last September and this March. While some of the specific details have changed between drafts, our main concerns have not been addressed — they still overregulate Hawaiian practices and do nothing to limit the impact of the observatories (which are the real threat) on the mauna.


PC: Laulani Teale

Things You Can Do:

  • Attend the November 6, 2019 hearing in person at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center at 9:45 am. Here is the agenda and the Board of Regents meeting documents.
  • Submit your written comments to bor.testimony@hawaii.edu by Tuesday, November 5th at 9:45 a.m. or click here to use a template with some sample language to get you started or you can simply sign and send!
  • Link to this page on social media to get friends and family to do the same!
  • Donate now to help us continue this work!

Mahalo nui for the work you do to protect Hawai`i!
Me ke aloha,
2019 KAHEA Board and Staff

Our mailing address is:
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Why do so many people hate the U.S.? Nov. 1, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Why do so many people hate the

U.S.?

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      ISIS terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was recently killed in a US Special Operations raid in Syria. The US is good at killing terrorists, but even better at creating them. The US illegal invasion of Iraq, based on phony claims of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by Bush and company led to the creation of ISIS. It has been endless regime change wars and covert Specials Ops in numerous countries ever since. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed, millions wounded and displaced – all creating increasing hatred and a climate of revenge, escalating the cycle of violence. As Gandhi once said: “An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.”

      Our world is in urgent need of healing and learning Kapu Aloha before we destroy ourselves and the earth we share through man-made climate disaster or global nuclear war. Kapu Aloha –nonviolence needs to be built on a foundation of justice and respect for one another and all that sustains life – the air, land, and water for people, plants and animals. We are all connected. An injury to one is an injury to all. Respect the sacred — from the mountain to the sea, and everywhere and everyone inbetween.

      We can no more put an end to escalating violence by escalating violence than we can dig ourselves out of a hole. The means we use must be in line with the end that we seek. The U.S. is the most militarized nation on earth and the chickens are coming home to roost in more mass shootings  militarization of local police, increasing surveillance and authoritarianism.  Fascism is on the horizon. Who said it couldn’t happen here?  In Hawaii military covert Special Ops Assassination training is taking place on every island outside of military bases on public lands, beaches, parks, shorelines and not even one public hearing has been held to question this madness.  B-2 nuclear bombers fly, not only from Oahu, but from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to practice bomb Pohakuloa in the center of Hawaii Island for nuclear war that could end all life on earth and who is raising a voice of opposition? One $2 Billion dollar US B-2 nuclear bomber has even been named “Spirit of Hawaii.” This is NOT Kapu Aloha. No wonder so many people around the world hate the U.S. and see America as the greatest threat to peace on earth.

It’s time to live Kapu Aloha! Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!

Stop Bombing Everywhere!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawaii and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

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