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Aloha to all who regard our Mauna as sacred,

We are asking you our friends, relations, relatives, our kanaka to please submit testimony before Friday. This is the moment when we must come together for our Mauna….We are all in this together.

Subject: Regarding TMT Sublease – Action requested before Friday (Jun 13)


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Aloha Kakou…  Mauna Kea is facing another critical time in regards to proposed further desecration of our sacred piko with the Board of Land and Natural Resources possibly approving a Sublease to the TMT International Organization. Please read the following information and we encourage you to either compose testimony as an email or letter of your own or use the statements drafted below and please send it to William Aila
before June 13 (Friday’s BLNR meeting) because we as the public must be involved in what is happening on the Mauna…

BLNR Chair William Aila, Jr., DLNR
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: (808) 587-0400


To: William Aila Jr., BLNR Chair

Aloha William and BLNR members,
I am in agreement with the statement below.  For me, the last line covers it all.  BLNR’s duty to protect Mauna Kea is taking a back seat to financial interests.  It is the same process that has put human survival on the path of self-destruction due to human induced climate change.  We need a global change in priorities and we need it now!  Put the sacred before dollars and let it begin with Mauna Kea.  Deny the sublease for TMT.  I Mahalo you on behalf of future generations and our ancestors.

Jim Albertini

Item D-8: Consent to Sublease under General Lease No. S-4191 to the University of Hawaiʻi, Lessee, to TMT International Observatory LLC, Sublessee, Kaʻohe, Hāmākua, Island of Hawaiʻi, Tax Map Key: (3) 4-4-015: 009 por.

We, concerned Kanaka Maoli and other residents of Hawai’i, demand that the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) not consent to this Sublease for the following reasons:

·       UH has not disclosed the valuation methodology for determining the annual lease rent being proposed.  An independent appraiser should provide a basis for determining the fair market value as well as substantial annual rent.

A sublease should not be issued for a project that extends beyond the life of the existing Master Lease that terminates in 2033. It is common knowledge that the life of the TMT Observatory is more then 50 years and would extend over 30 years beyond 2033.Would the partners of the TMT observatory be prepared to decommission the TMT project if a new Master Lease is not executed?

·       This Sublease should not be approved until a final ruling regarding the CDUP HA-3568 has been rendered in the appeal process in the Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals and State Supreme Court.

This Sublease should not be approved until Section 106 and consultation with Native Hawaiians regarding the TMT project has been completed as required by federal law as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act.

The BLNR has the fiduciary duty and oversight to protect our interests, lands, and resources of Mauna Kea.