Mauna Kea 31 – Koakuamauna PR – Most of those arrested (who have not been dismissed) opt to pursue Ho’oponopono

For Immediate Release
Nā KOAKUAMAUNA Appear in Court for Third Time
Trial delayed until December 3rd while parties initiate Hoʻoponopono

The Koakuamauna, AKA the Maunakea 31, call upon and invite the following individuals, who represent their respected parties, to participate in Hoʻoponopono: David Ige-Governor of the state of Hawaiʻi, Kekoa Kaluhiwa-Deputy Director of DLNR, David Lassner-President of the University of Hawaiʻi, Donald Strainey-Chancellor at UH Hilo, Stephanie Nagata of the Office of Mauna Kea Management, and Henry Yang-Chairman of TMT International Observatory, LLC.

Hoʻoponopono is a traditional Hawaiian process defined by Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi as, “setting to right; to make right; to correct, to restore and maintain good relationships…The specific family conference in which relationships were ‘set right’ through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.”

In order to preserve the integrity of Hoʻoponopono and remain true to its intent and purpose, the Koakuamauna call for a complete halt to any further attempt by the TMT to resume construction upon sacred Mauna a Wākea until the complete process of Hoʻoponopono can be thoroughly vetted or either side decides that a Hoʻoponopono is unachievable.

“Hoʻoponopono is not a process of mediation or any type of negotiation. It is an honest and strict process and attempt of making right what is wrong,” says Kahoʻokahi Kanuha. It is a “committed process that requires knowledgeable and disciplined cultural practitioners to fairly preside over it,” added fellow protector Lākea Trask.

On May 28, 2015 three of the Koakuamauna, Jim Albertini, Ronald Fujiyoshi and Gary Oamilda, filed a written motion to “request the court for Ho’oponopono with all parties involved with the arrests as an alternative to proceeding to trial.” The motion was supported by both the prosecutors office as well as Judge Barbara Takase.

On June 18, 2015, 20 of the remaining 21 wrongfully arrested on Mauna a Wākea on April 2, 2015 appeared in court in Waimea for what was for many, their third appearance. Judge Takase presided over the cases and offered every defendant the option to waive their right to a speedy trial and partake in Hoʻoponopono outside of the courts. All but two Koakuamauna, who chose instead to continue straight to trial, agreed to the process.

Trask believes that even the courts recognize that a guilty or not guilty verdict would not get to the heart of the issue between the protectors and the TMT. “It is our sincere hope that all parties involved will see the value in Ho‘oponopono and make the concerted effort to resolve this issue in the most culturally and morally appropriate way.”

Koakuamauna and all parties involved have until August 6 to file with the courts the parameters of the proposed Hoʻoponopono. If the wrongs committed upon Mauna a Wākea and to its protectors cannot be made right, trials for each arrestee will recommence on December 3, 2015.
Kū Kia‘i Mauna!
For more information, please contact:
Kahoʻokahi Kanuha – (808)936-4249 –
Lākea Trask – (808)896-4882 –