Archive for the ‘Sacred Mauna Kea’ Category

BLNR Approves TMT –Again!

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Shame on the BLNR.  Always pushing Hawaiian religious beliefs and practices to the back burner, and putting money first.

Jim Albertini


FYI.
 

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From: “Dennison, Dan W” <dan.w.dennison@hawaii.gov>
Subject: DLNR News Release – Board of Land and Natural Resources Approves TMT Permit
Date: September 28, 2017 at 10:00:14 AM HST
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DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
 
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
 
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 28, 2017
 
BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES APPROVES TMT PERMIT
5-2 Majority Adopts Hearing Officer’s Findings
 
HONOLULU – Recognizing its responsibility to strike a balance between native Hawaiian traditional and cultural practices and other stakeholders in the state, a 5-2 majority of the Hawai‘i Board of Land and Natural Resources (the Board) adopted today the recommendation of retired judge Riki May Amano to approve the application for a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) to build the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT).
 
Board and DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “This was one of the most difficult decisions this Board has ever made. The members greatly respected and considered the concerns raised by those opposed to the construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.”
 
Supporters of the project testified during a contested case hearing and in oral arguments that Hawaiian culture and modern science can co-exist on the mountain. Construction of the TMT is expected to provide jobs for more than 100 people and at completion, permanent jobs for as many as 140 workers on the island of Hawai‘i. The consortium of research universities behind the TMT have provided $2.5 million for scholarships, classroom projects, and STEM grants every year since 2014. Under the CDUP, builders of the TMT must provide an additional one million dollars each year for college scholarships for native Hawaiians and other educational initiatives on Hawai‘i Island.
 
The Board adopted 43 conditions to the permit including Governor David Ige’s previously detailed “path forward” 10-point plan requiring the University of Hawai’i to decommission three existing telescopes, any future development to occur on existing sites, and the TMT site to be the last new site on Mauna Kea. Additional conditions include:
 
●          Design choices to mitigate visual and aesthetic effects
●          Waste minimization plan for hazardous & solid waste, including a zero discharge wastewater system
●          Cultural and natural resources training for workers
●          No impact to water resources under the public trust doctrine, Lake Waiau hydrology & water resources considerations
●          Educational exhibits, specific community outreach efforts and cultural observation days
●          Invasive species prevention and control
●          Continued public access and continuing consultations with cultural practitioners
●          Arthropod monitoring and Wekiu bug habitat restoration study
 
A copy of the preface to the Board’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision and Order is attached.
 
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RESOURCES
(video courtesy: Hawai‘i DLNR)
 
HD video-Mauna Kea Science Reserve: (shot sheet attached)
 
Board’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision and Order: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/mk/files/2017/09/882-BLNR-FOFCOLDO.pdf
 
 
 
Media Contact:
Dan Dennison
Senior Communications Manager
(808) 587-0407
 
 
 

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Prayers and Chants in support of Mauna Kea Wed. Sept. 20th

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Pua case of the Mauna Kea ohana has announced Prayers and Chants in support of Mauna Kea Wed. Sept. 20th beginning at 7AM

On 9/13/2017 11:53 AM, Jim Albertini wrote:

Sign holding in support of Mauna Kea Protectors Wed. Sept. 20, 2017 Banyan Dr. 7:30-8:30AM

Land Board to Hear TMT Contested Case Oral Arguments

Below is a DLNR release about the TMT Contested case hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.  There will be a peaceful sign holding from 7:30-8:30 on the sidewalk along Banyan Dr, fronting the Naniloa Hotel prior to the BLNR hearing.  Please pass the word.  Come in a spirit of Kapu Aloha to support the Mauna Kea Protectors/Petitioners.  Bring a sign if can:  “Protect Mauna Kea, Sacred Before Dollars, Respect the Sacred, No TMT” etc.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

 

 

Land Board to Hear TMT Contested Case Oral Arguments

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Below is a DLNR release about the TMT Contested case hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.  There will be a peaceful sign holding from 7:30-8:30 on the sidewalk  along Banyan Dr, fronting the Naniloa Hotel prior to the BLNR hearing.  Please pass the word.  Come in a spirit of Kapu Aloha to support the Mauna Kea Petitioners.  Bring a sign if can:  “Protect Mauna Kea, Sacred Before Dollars, Respect the Sacred, No TMT” etc.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 13, 2017

 STATE LAND BOARD TO CONSIDER JUDGE’S RECOMMENDATION IN TMT CONTESTED CASE

Hearing Scheduled in Hilo for Sept. 20

 (Hilo) – The Hawai‘i State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) will hear oral arguments in the Contested Case Hearing for the Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) for the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Crown Room of the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo. This is not a public hearing and members of the public will not be allowed to testify, argue, or otherwise present to the BLNR.

 Minute Order No. 107, posted on Sept. 7, 2017 provides that each party to the contested case will have fifteen (15) minutes to present oral arguments. Up to five minutes of the fifteen minutes may be reserved by parties for responding/rebuttal argument. Those rebuttal arguments will take place after all parties have completed their initial arguments. There are twenty-three (23) parties to the contested case.

 The DLNR is providing as much seating as possible for public observation, once space has been made for the parties. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Na Leo TV will provide live streaming of the oral arguments, but there will not be viewing available at the Grand Naniloa. Doors to the Crown Room will open at 8:30 a.m. for public entrance.  There will be no reserving of seats and any seat that’s empty for more than ten minutes may be given to the next person in line waiting outside.  Signs, posters, and other displays will not be allowed inside the Crown Room or on the hotel’s property. Food will not be allowed in the Crown Room.

 DLNR continues to utilize expanded media coverage rules used during the TMT Contested Case Hearing and only designated pool media; Na Leo (broadcast) and the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald (print) will be allowed to videotape or photograph the proceedings. All other audio and photographic documentation of oral arguments is not allowed.

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 Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources

Communications Office

(808) 587-0407

Solidarity for Justice to Protect Sacred Mauna Kea

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

On Monday Aug. 28, 2017 Interfaith Communities in Action held a “Faith Voices For Justice” sign holding vigil on Bayfront in Hilo.  It was in response to voices of white supremacy, racial injustice in Charlottesville, Virginia and elsewhere. The vigil was attended by about 50-75 people of different Faiths.   I attended the vigil with a sign “Aloha Not Hate” and offered the leaflet below to other participants to support Mauna Kea protectors.

Jim Albertini

An Invitation to

Faith Voices for Justice”

     It is an honor to stand with you today here in Hilo “to advocate for justice for all people” and “ repudiate the voices of race supremacy and segregation.” It is important that Faith Voices stand in public witness “for justice throughout the land.”

     In this spirit, I would like to extend to you an invitation to join a Vigil for Justice on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 from 7:30 -9AM on Banyan Drive fronting the Naniloa Hotel in support of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) seeking to protect their most sacred mountain –- Mauna Kea –Mauna a Wakea. At 9AM on that day, Kanaka Maoli will be appealing to the Board of Land & Natural Resources to deny a permit for the 18 story Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea, the fourteenth telescope to be built in the sacred summit area and the tallest building on the island.

Mauna Kea is sacred to the Native Hawaiians and is the zenith of their ancestral ties to creation.   The upper regions, Wao Akua, are the realms of the Akua (creator) and the summit is a temple of the Supreme Being in not only Hawaiian culture but also in many histories throughout Polynesia.  It is the home of Na Akua (divine deities) and Na’Aumakua (divine ancestors) as well as the meeting place of Papa (Earth Mother) and Wakea (Sky Father) who are progenitors of the Hawaiian people.  It is also both a burial ground and the embodiment of ancestors that include Na Alii and Kahuna (high ranking chiefs and priests.)  Modern Native Hawaiians continue to regard Mauna Kea with reverence and many cultural and religious practices are still performed there.  In addition to sacred importance the summit is also home to near a hundred archaeological sites and many traditional cultural properties eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. “

http://sites.coloradocollege.edu/indigenoustraditions/sacred-lands/sacred-lands-mauna-kea/

     Faith Voices standing in public witness for justice throughout the land should not ignore the Faith Voice of Hawaii’s host people, the Kanaka Maoli, seeking to protect their most sacred site in all Hawaii. They are simply saying Respect the Sacred. Sacred is sacred. TMT is too many telescopes dominating sacred Mauna a Wakea.

Mahalo for your consideration and solidarity,

Jim Albertini

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

For a deeper look at U.S. racism in Hawaii, please see “From Charlottesville to Mauna Kea” http://malu-aina.org/?p=4856

Speaker series on Pohakuloa

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Excellent speakers on various aspects of issues  July 20, 2017 at Hawaii Community College

Isaac “Paka” Harp on illegal military occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom

Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD on medical dangers of Depleted Uranium (DU)

Ruth Aloua, an impassioned appeal for activism to stop the bombing of Pohakuloa and to protect people, plants, and animals, air, land, and water.