Protesters occupy OHA ahead of Board of Trustees meeting

KHON: Protesters are preparing to occupy the Office of Hawaiian Affairs building ahead of an upcoming Board of Trustees meeting. The sit-in was organized by MANA, Movement for Aloha No ka ??¯ina, one of several groups against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. "We have a right to be here and we expect the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to be decisive about this issue," said Andre Perez of MANA. "Our objective is to ensure that they get involved and put this issue on the agenda,...

Mauna Kea defenders ask for OHA support

Hawaii News Now: Protect Mauna Kea advocates urged trustees with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to join them in opposing.the building of a thirty meter telescope on the mountain's summit. "We have risen. We have awakened. We have remembered," Kaleikoa Kaeo said. Leaders and supporters of the movement held signs at OHA's board meeting and begged the board to take a stand against the $1.4 billion project they believe will desecrate the mountain they call sacred. "Either we have a place to decide what is sacred...

The Heart of Hawaiian People’s Arguments Against the Telescope on Mauna Kea

Smithsonian: At this moment all over the Hawaiian islands, but especially atop Mauna Kea volcano, there are protests against the building of a new Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) on this sacred mountain. The telescope has become a cause célèbre among Native Hawaiians and their allies, and the issue is going viral. Newspapers around the world are reporting the story and people are abuzz on social media—especially as the issue becomes more emotionally charged. This week, a University of California, Berkeley professor...

MANA calls for “occupation” of OHA offices RE: Mauna Kea

Hawaii Independent: MANA, Movement for Aloha No ka ??¯ina, is calling upon the lahui kanaka (Hawaiian community) and supporters to join us in occupying the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for an extended vigil from Wednesday April 22, 3 p.m. until positive results for the protection of Mauna Kea are achieved. Concerned community members are being asked to bring their sleeping bags, toothbrushes, flags and banners and occupy the office until the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Two primary demands will...

Univ of Hawaii regents hear more Thirty Meter Telescope testimony in Hilo

Pacific Business News: The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has scheduled a second special meeting in Hilo this weekend to hear concerns and support from the community on the planned Thirty Meter Telescope project, as opposition to the internationally-backed $1.4 billion planned observatory for Mauna Kea holds construction at a standstill. UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said it is unclear what the regents’ legal capacity is to halt the project, since the board gave its approval to the project in June 2010. The board...

Construction halt Thirty Meter Telescope atop Hawaii Island’s Mauna Kea

Hawaii Magazine: Construction on what would be the world’s largest visible light telescope atop Hawaii Island’s Mauna Kea has been delayed indefinitely following ongoing demonstrations by protestors. The non-profit Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory Corp., with backing from the governments of India, China, Japan and Canada, plans to build a 180-foot tall, thirty-meter mirrored telescope on Hawaii’s tallest summit. The telescope’s grounds would occupy five acres atop the shield volcano and within the Mauna...

Protesters occupy OHA ahead of Board of Trustees meeting

KHON: Protesters are preparing to occupy the Office of Hawaiian Affairs building ahead of an upcoming Board of Trustees meeting. The sit-in was organized by MANA, Movement for Aloha No ka ??¯ina, one of several groups against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. "We have a right to be here and we expect the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to be decisive about this issue," said Andre Perez of MANA. "Our objective is to ensure that they get involved and put this issue on the agenda,...

Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Looking Legal Resolution Mauna Kea Telescope Problem

Tech Times: The Office of Hawaiian Affairs continues to urge Governor David Ige and University of Hawaii President David Lassner to participate in the legal issues surrounding the planned Thirty Meter Telescope in Mauna Kea, resolving concerns before the construction moratorium is lifted. Robert K. Lindsey, Jr., OHA chairperson, addressed all stakeholders, encouraging everyone to come together to come up with a collective resolution that will have the best interests of Mauna Kea at heart, as well as those...

Hawaiian telescope project seeks way forward amid protests

Nature: Protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope increased in early April, as construction was set to begin on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The battle over the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) escalated on 21 April, as hundreds of protestors took to the streets of Honolulu to demonstrate against the planned observatory. Construction of the TMT is on hold as astronomers and Native Hawaiians continue the decades-long discussion about whether it and other astronomical facilities belong atop the sacred mountain of Mauna...

Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Proposing To Fire 57 Environmental Agency Employees

Mother Jones: Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of Gov. Scott Walker's budget for the next two fiscal years... The DNR's scientific staff conducts research on matters ranging from estimating the size of the state's deer herd to to studying the effects of aquatic invasive species. Work is paid for with state and federal funds... All told, Walker's budget would cut 66 positions from the DNR. Of this,...