Archive for April, 2015

Press Statement – Mauna Kea Hui Responds to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Friday, April 24th, 2015
Press Statement for Immediate Release
Friday, April 24 5:00 pm
Mauna Kea Hui Responds to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
To be clear, the Mauna Kea Hui, was not invited to this meeting until only yesterday and only after OHA had released its Press Statement claiming we would be in attendance. So we have produced this statement in response.
It is the position of the Hui that we will to uphold the wishes of our Kupuna, those who came before us, such as Uncle Genesis Leeloy, Aunty Leina’ala Apiki McCord, Aunty Kamakahukilani Von Oelhoffen and so many more…because they are who moved us to stand for Mauna Kea so many years ago– their message was clear — enough is enough—there shall be no further development on Mauna Kea!
While the Mauna Kea Hui will continue to litigate in the courts, and has been adjudicated to have standing to do so, there is also a higher court here and we stand with our Kupuna in asserting the following positions for the protection of Mauna Kea:
1. The TMT construction shall be halted and any new leases and/or subleases previously issued by BLNR allowing the TMT to be built and that are currently being challenged must be revoked and/or rescinded forever.
2. The observatories currently operating on Mauna Kea shall pay fair market lease rent now and until the end of the general lease in 2033.
3. No further development shall be allowed in any way, shape, or form and upon the decommissioning of observatories or the current general lease has ended there must be complete clean-up and restoration of the Mauna to its original state and condition as the general lease requires. There shall be no rocks, soils or other materials displaced or removed from the Mauna.
4. We will consider working with State Official to help find solutions for: the protection of Mauna Kea waters and aquifers, clean-up, and restoration of the Mauna, to insure the “right-holders” (those who the laws are written to protect such as Native Hawaiians and the General Public) have a seat at the table of decision making and lastly we are committed to help to ensure educational opportunities and funds for all the children of Hawai`i are upheld and protected.
OHA … our beloved Mauna Kea is NOT for sale! In Aloha We Remain,
Paul K. Neves, Clarence Ku Ching, Debbie J. Ward, Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Kealoha Pisciotta, and the Flores-Case ‘Ohana and KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance.

Protect Mauna Kea article

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Protect Mauna Kea article  Please read and share with others.

UH Regents meeting Sunday April 26th at UH Hilo on Mauna Kea

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Aloha Kakou,

There will be a continuation of the UH Board of Regents meeting on Mauna Kea this Sunday, April 26th

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Place: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center 200 West Kawili Street

There will be an opportunity for public testimony.  Please pass the word to others.

April 24, 2015 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Earth Day – Everyday!

One planet, One home, One chance to get it right!

Generations to come are counting on us!!!!

Malama Mauna Kea, Pohakuloa & the Planet

Earth Day is a reminder that we all live on one planet and it is our individual and collective responsibility to malama (take care of) mama ‘aina (the earth) that provides us life. Here at home we need to protect Hawaii’s most sacred temple –Mauna Kea, from further desecration. This means stopping the $1.4 billion 18-story Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) from being built on Mauna Kea. Already thirteen telescopes dominate the sacred summit area in the name of science.

In the saddle area between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa is the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). Pohakuloa is nearly five times the size of the island of Kaho’olawe. Pohakuloa is translated to mean “The Land of the Night of Long Prayer.” This sacred area has been bombed by the military since WWII and is known to be contaminated with a wide range of military toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation. Military documents claim that up to 14.8 million live-rounds are fired annually at Pohakuloa by all branches of the U.S. military and other countries. Weapon systems of all sorts are used at PTA, including small arms, artillery, helicopter gun ships, bombing by fighter jets, B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers, etc. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), drone aircraft, are used in training at PTA. On July 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council, by a vote of 8-1, passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA and clean up of the DU present at Pohakuloa. The Army has ignored the Council’s call. Both Pohakuloa and Mauna Kea are Hawaiian Kingdom crown and government lands.

War and the training for war is one of the greatest pollution sources on the planet. The U.S. military is the single largest consumer of oil and the greatest emitter of CO2. Here on Hawaii island there are a minimum of 57 present and former military sites, totaling more than 400 square miles (250,000-acres) that may contain unexploded ordnance and military toxins. Western wars have killed more than 4 million Muslims since 1990, displaced millions more and turned much of the cradle of civilization into rubble and chaos. See more at:

US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet

      With the growing reality of man made climate disasters and escalating conflict to the brink of nuclear war, we better come to terms with the urgent need to stop desecrating the sacred and instead — Malama ‘Aina.

Live Aloha!   No TMT!   Stop the Wars!   Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!

  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 justice in
    Hawai`i and around the world. Contact:
    Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
    Phone (808) 966-7622. Email

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 24, 2015 – 709th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Photos from Mauna Kea Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Great spirit of people holding firm on the mauna to stop the desecration by TMT