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Jim Albertini testimony in Opposition to UH Mauna Kea Rules

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Testimony opposed to Mauna Kea Administrative Rules  submitted June 5, 2019

Testimony can be sent to uhhar@hawaii.edu up to 11:59PM June 7, 2019

I strongly oppose the proposed Mauna Kea Administrative Rules by the University of Hawaii

1.  Rules for Mauna Kea should be made by Kanaka Maoli cultural and spiritual practitioners who practice on Mauna Kea, not the UH, not the BLNR, etc.  There is no question that rules need to be made for controlling commercial and industrial development on Mauna Kea.

2.  It was insulting that in Hilo only 1 (out of 15) UH Board of Regents attended the hearing,  No President David Lassner either and he is the one directing the power in the proposed rules as police, judge and jury over rule violations and appeal process. The same appeared true in the Honolulu hearing and at Waikoloa. In the Sept. 2018 hearing at Imiloa in Hilo only 1 Regent attended as well.  INSULTING!!!!!  Who is HEARING?  Listening?  Hawaii is an oral cultural.  Transcripts can’t do justice to the oral testimony.

3.  No Hearings are scheduled for Lanai, Molokai and Kauai.  This is a violation of due process and should halt any consideration of the rules. and have them redone on every island.  The time restriction of 2 hrs. and only 3 min testimonies is also very restrictive.  The meetings should go as long as people want to present testimony.  In Hilo there was a cut off time for signing up to give oral testimony.

4.  A good example of why Hawaiian cultural and religious practitioners need to make the rules is because no where in the UH proposed rules does it say that Mauna Kea is considered Sacred. It is not even mentioned that many Hawaiians view the summit area as the realm of Akua.  Stop trampling on the souls of the Hawaiian people!

5.  The rules are thinly disguised but quite apparent designed to block protest of TMT construction which are really religious practice actions to PROTECT Sacred Mauna  Kea from further desecration by industrial development.  Where else does the University propose rules to control religious practice?  Does the UH try to regulate Christian religious practice? Buddhist, Jewish Muslim? etc.  How come rules to control Hawaiian religious practice on Hawaii’s most sacred temple site?

6.  I feel quite confident if Hawaii cultural and religious practitioners were to propose rules for Mauna Kea  to regulate and control commercial, industrial, and military development on Hawaii’s most Sacred Temple, it will be done in a pono way  and lead to the decommissioning and removal of all telescopes and the banning of all future commercial and industrial activities in the realm of Akua.

7.  While the proposed UH rules say in 20-26-3 that Native Hawaiian rights shall not be abridged, the  rules go on to abridge these very rights with prohibition after prohibition, requirements for registration, proof of insurance, limits to group practice, etc. etc.   In addition, there is no question that the proposed penalties in the rules are clearly designed to intimidate people from attempting to practice their traditional, cultural and religious rights in a manner to prohibit further industrial development on Mauna Kea.

8.  In Sept. 2018 not one person testified in favor of the UH proposed rules at the Imiloa public hearing in Hilo.  In the June 4, 2019 Hilo hearing, approximately 3 dozen people testified in opposition to the proposed rules. The only person who testified for the UH rules was a business person given an award by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce as an advocate for business and industry interests.  Her photo appeared in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald receiving the award on the very day of the Hilo UH rules hearing –June 4, 2019.

9. Perhaps the ultimate hypocrisy of the UH proposed rules is the blanket exemption from the UH rules  for UH education and research activities — meaning  astronomy –telescopes!!!!!! Example —  UH wants to outlaw walking on a pu while the UH leveled entire pu’u for telescopes.

10.  It is clear as day that  the proposed rules are tilted to prioritize science over cultural and religious practice yet in the realm of Wao Akua, there should be no industrial or commercial activity.  It’s as simple as Jesus clearing the “Money Changers” from the Temple of Jerusalem.  Sacred is sacred!

11.  It has been repeated over and over that the UH which is the promoter of telescopes should not be the rule maker.  The history for decades on Mauna Kea is clear –“substantial, significant, and adverse effects on the cultural and natural resources on Mauna Kea.”  Time for the UH and the State of Hawaii to step aside. Kanaka Maoli cultural and religious practitioners should be the ones to make the rules for the Sacred Mauna.

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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

More info from KAHEA on Mauna Kea rules

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Aloha e nā ʻOhana Mauna,
 
This is a very important week to submit testimony and take a stand as Mauna Kea protectors. Please click on the link below to read the proposed rules.  You may use the sample testimony below and share/review the attachments.
 

http://hawaii.edu/offices/bor/adminrules/chapter26-proposed1.pdf

 
Sample one:
Thank you for accepting comments today. I am opposed to the proposed Administrative Rules. Criminal …. Meaning “relating to a crime” These proposed rules appear to criminalize customary and traditional practices of Native Hawaiians. In order to preserve the moral authority of our legal system you should be extremely mindful, exceptionally careful and highly AWARE before enacting any laws, regulations or Administrative rules that can cause an individual to be unfairly branded as a criminal. Arbitrary rules for prosecuting “made-up or pretend” offenses such as camping or hiking on puʻu or introducing materials from outside the management areas (which can be easily misinterpreted by Security forces) and initiating arbitrary punishment for those would-be offenses is a serious erosion of individual liberties. No one should be exposed to potential criminal liability for engaging in routine activities, practices or ceremonies. We all have the responsibility to protect and preserve Mauna Kea and its fragile ecosystem for future generations. The most critical, extensive, and immediate danger to Mauna Kea however, remains the construction of the massive TMT telescope and the priority given to astronomical development at the expense of Mauna Kea’s natural ecosystem and invaluable cultural resources.

 *** your name ***
 
Sample two:
 
I oppose the administrative rules because they infringe upon the constitutional rights of individuals seeking access to Mauna Kea for traditional, customary and religious practices and the constitutional rights for those who wish to access Mauna Kea to engage in free speech.
*** your name ***
 
Sample three:
*** see pdf attachment ***
 
Written comments are due by midnight on Friday, June 7th. 
You can submit them at http://hawaii.edu/govrel/uhhar-testimony/ or by simply emailing uhhar@hawaii.edu.
 
KAHEA 
 
Kū Kiaʻi Mauna! 
 
Me ke aloha no ka mauna,
Ka ʻOhana Mauna


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REMINDER: Important Public Hearings on Mauna Kea Administrative Rules TUESDAY IN HILO

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Public Hearings on Mauna Kea Administrative Rules

Action Alert!

Aloha nō kākou,

Mahalo nui to each of you for your support and deep aloha for Mauna Kea. As we continue to stand for the protection of this sacred mountain, there has been a request sent out today through social media and by email to to submit testimony and attend the hearings in your area if you are able to regarding the proposed draft administrative rules for Mauna Kea.

KAHEA has sent out all of the information you need to assist you. Simply click on the link below.

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2699/t/0/blastContent.jsp…

 

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Public Hearings on Mauna Kea Administrative Rules

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Action Alert!

Aloha nō kākou,

Mahalo nui to each of you for your support and deep aloha for Mauna Kea. As we continue to stand for the protection of this sacred mountain, there has been a request sent out today through social media and by email to to submit testimony and attend the hearings in your area if you are able to regarding the proposed draft administrative rules for Mauna Kea.

KAHEA has sent out all of the information you need to assist you. Simply click on the link below.

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2699/t/0/blastContent.jsp…

 

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Truth is Treason in an Empire of Lies, May 31, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019