Court Invalidates Thirty Meter Telescope Sublease (BIVN)


Court Invalidates Thirty Meter Telescope Sublease Big Island Video News by Big Island Video News on Dec 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm  STORY SUMMARY HILO (BIVN) – According to attorneys, the court’s decision shows the state again violated the constitutional rights of those who have been opposing the observatory planned for Mauna Kea. HILO, Hawaii – The sublease between the University of Hawai’i and the Thirty Meter Telescope has been thrown out in court. Opponents of the billion dollar observatory planned for the summit of Mauna Kea rejoiced over the circuit court ruling made in Hilo today, posting the news to Facebook. Photo of Kalani Flores, his attorney and supporters taken by Camille Keawekane-Stafford outside the Hilo courthouse today, following the ruling.

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Dec 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Kalani Flores, one of the Mauna Kea Hui of petitioners who initiated the supreme court appeal, also filed suit on the sublease matter. Judge Greg Nakamura of the Environmental Court remanded the sublease back to the Board of Land and Natural Resources in March of this year, but the land board failed to take action.

The matter was back in court today. Flores was represented in court by the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, which issued a media release following the court’s ruling.

According to NHLC, Judge Nakamura ruled that the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) violated the constitutional rights of Flores by failing to hold a hearing before allowing the University of Hawai’i to issue a sublease to TMT International Observatory, LLC.

“Our client brought this lawsuit because it became apparent that the BLNR was still hanging on to its initial decision to give the greenlight to the TMT despite the Hawai’i Supreme Court’s decision warning the BLNR about not ‘pre-judging’ the issue”, NHLC attorney David Kauila Kopper said.

The BLNR denied Flores’ request to hold a contested case hearing on the sublease in 2014, which Flores appealed…

“The Court’s decision vindicates the rights of Native Hawaiians to be involved in government decisions that directly impact their rights. Under the law, these rights are no less important than the rights of property owners to be heard on actions that affect their lands”, Attorney Kopper said.

According to the NHLC, today’s court decision has the potential to impact the ongoing contested case hearing.

“With a sublease in place throughout the hearing on the conservation district use application, again the Board’s approval of the permit would be a foregone conclusion. Judge Nakamura’s decision follows the Supreme Court’s clear message to government agencies that they cannot act as ‘a passive actor or a neutral umpire’ when it comes to decisions that implicate the constitutional rights of Native Hawaiians to exercise traditional and customary practices. They must take affirmative steps to ensure a process that safeguards Native Hawaiian rights and effectuates the values of the public trust,” Kopper said in the media release.


Dec 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm

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