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Mauna Kea: FAQs

Why now?

Mauna Kea Is The Latest In Long History Of Native Hawaiian Protests, by Anita Hofschneider (Aug 30, 2019)

  • "Civil disobedience and arrests have been a key part of Native Hawaiian activism since the 1970s."

Three Young Protesters, Three Different Paths To Mauna Kea, by Blaze Lovell (Aug 30, 2019) 

  • "They all felt stirrings of Hawaiian identity as youngsters, but these three protesters were shaped by pivotal experiences as young adults."

Precarious Performances: The Thirty Meter Telescope and Settler State Policing of Kānaka Maoli by David Uahikeaikaleiʻohu Maile (Sept. 9, 2018)

  • "Exercising executive powers of the Land Board, attorney general, governor, and police, the settler state has marked Kānaka ʻŌiwi, guarding our mountain from desecration and destruction, as threatening acts of violence."

Comments from Scientists

Maunakea: Redirecting the lens onto the culture of mainstream science, by Aurora Kagawa-Viviani (July 15, 2019)

I am a Hawaiian scientist who believes the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) does not belong on Maunakea. For me, however, the conflict over the future of the mountain summit — long assumed to be ‘plum’ territory for astronomy — is a battle for the soul of mainstream science...

Q&A

Q&A: Kealoha Pisciotta, on Mauna Kea and conflicts of astronomy 

October 23, 2019: Cultural practitioner, founder of Kai Palaoa, and advocate for Maunakea, Kealoha Pisciotta shares her experiences working on Maunakea and her thoughts on further construction on the mountain. 

Where can I see live footage of Mauna Kea?

Mauna Kea Webcams

Webcam: MK Visitor Center - West
* This website lets you select any webcams on the summit


Mauna Kea Protocol

Kākoʻo Haleakalā produces live stream videos of protocol - ʻAha Kakahiaka, ʻAha Awakea, and ʻAha Ahihi - on Maunakea. See their video page for access to the live streams and past video.

What is Kapu Aloha?

Kapu Aloha: Remember Your Ancestors - Kapu aloha is a term used by Kiaʻi to describe a code of conduct upheld by protectors. But what does kapu aloha mean? Kumu Hōkūlani Holt and Dr. Pua Kanakaʻole Kanahele define and explain kapu aloha, the role it plays in one's life and how it relates to the movement on Maunakea.

Kapu Aloha: A guiding, transformational, and liberating force: Kiaʻi Andre Perez and Pua Case share what Kapu Aloha means and how it is a driving force behind all that they do. Video filmed at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu Maunakea, uploaded on September 22, 2019.

Kapu Aloha: " ʻĀina is life. The ʻāina houses the life...So ʻāina and water in those cycles are the giver of life. And if we never have that we wouldn't have what we call the kapu of aloha today." - Kauila Kanakaʻole, on Lā 100 at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu Maunakea. Kauila Kanakaʻole shares their manaʻo and ʻike about kapu aloha in our relationship with ʻāina and with one another in the beginning of this video from 00:00:00 to 00:05:53.

Who owns the Maunakea Access road?

August 14th State Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee meeting (VIDEO) 
William Aila, Dept of Hawaiian Home Lands Interim Director, addresses the Senate Committee regarding jurisdiction of the Mauna Kea Access Road (Link is to full video but timecode 1:20 - 51:10 is regarding Mauna Kea)

Kahele Details Mauna Kea Access Road Jurisdiction Timeline (news article), in Big Island News
On social media, Hilo state senator, Kai Kahele, explained why he believes Maunakea Access Road is still included in the Hawaiian Home Lands inventory.

Kahele questions whether DOT or DHHL has jurisdiction over Maunakea Access Road (news article), in Hawaii Tribune-Herald 
A state senator has argued that state Department of Transportation might not have jurisdiction over the Maunakea Access Road, potentially complicating efforts to build the Thirty Meter Telescope...

Can the Executive and Legislative Branches legitimize the theft of DHHL Trust Lands?, by Edward Halealoha Ayau
"In 1968, the University of Hawai‘i (UH) built the Maunakea Access Road (MAR) over lands controlled exclusively by the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC). UH did not seek or obtain authorization from the HHC as required by our State Constitution..."

Is Mauna Kea Access Road a State Highway over which the DOT has jurisdiction?, by Kanaeokana

Acronyms you've probably been hearing and wondering about...

BLNR: Board of Land and Natural Resources

Caltech: California Institute of Technology

CDP: Complex Development Plan

CDUA: Conservation District Use Application

CDUP: Conservation District Use Permit

DLNR: Department of Land and Natural Resources

EA: Environmental Assessment

EIS: Environmental Impact Statement

HIG: Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics

IfA: Institute for Astronomy

KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance

MKAH: Mauna Kea Anaina Hou

MKSR: Mauna Kea Science Reserve

MKSWCD: Mauna Kea Soil and Water Conservation District

NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NGO: Non-governmental organization

NHPA: National Historical Preservation Act

OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

RDP: Research Development Plan

SWCD: Soil and Water Conservation District

TCPs: Traditional Cultural Properties

TMT: Thirty Meter Telescope

UC: University of California

UH: University of Hawaiʻi

UHH: University of Hawai’i at Hilo

UHIFA: University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy

UK: United Kingdom

US: United States

* This list was sourced from: Abby Starr. (2015). Hawai'i's Thirty Meter Telescope: Construction of the World's Largest Telescope on a Sacred Temple Herhold (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.