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Walk in their shoes; Mayor-elect Kim says TMT proponents need to better understand those opposing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — It could be a symbol of unity, a structure that represents mankind’s desire to learn.

Source: Walk in their shoes; Mayor-elect Kim says TMT proponents need to better understand those opposing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/walk-in-their-shoes-mayor-elect-kim-says-tmt-proponents-need-better-understand-those).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 16:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Hasslinger.

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Hawaii County Mayor-elect Harry Kim says the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project atop Mauna Kea could become “a symbol of unity, a structure that represents mankind’s desire to learn.”

But, that can only happen if there’s a little give and take from both sides of the issue.

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise members Wednesday morning (12 October 2016), Kim said “You may have to change your way of how you approach the messenger…it’s a simple statement of ‘we were wrong…we will be better’…That’s where we must go.”

Kim added that TMT supporters should “put themselves in the shoes of an opponent of the project…” and “truly learn about the history and beliefs behind the opposition.”  Although the TMT can be a great learning tool, “remember that 99 percent of the people on this island, when they look at Mauna Kea, it’s not as a place of science, they look at it because… it’s part of their soul.”

According to Kim the way to resolve the contentious TMT issue is through “understanding and communication…you’re telling them you understand and you don’t know about the sacred ground, the people’s heritage.”

The $1.4 billion TMT project is in the middle of a second contested case hearing in Hilo.


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Wurdeman withdraws from TMT case; 6 original patitioners will represent themselves | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The six original petitioners in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case will represent themselves in hearings that start next week after their attorney withdrew as counsel, citing scheduling conflicts.

Source: Wurdeman withdraws from TMT case; 6 original patitioners will represent themselves | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/wurdeman-withdraws-tmt-case-6-original-petitioners-will-represent-themselves).

Accessed on 12 October 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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The attorney representing six petitioners in the second TMT contested case hearing has withdrawn from the case, citing his caseload and “scheduling conflicts.” Wurdeman said he wouldn’t be able to participate in Monday’s status conference or the evidentiary hearings that will begin on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

Kealoha Pisciotta, one of the contested case hearings petitioners, told reporter Tom Callis that she’s “disappointed hearings officer Amano did not change the schedule at his request”, adding she thinks “the timeline is getting too compressed.”

Before he left the TMT case, Wurdeman filed a motion asking that retired judge Riki May Amano be replaced as hearings officer.


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Human remains placed at TMT site | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A Hilo man says an ahu built at the Thirty Meter Telescope site atop Mauna Kea should be protected after he deposited human remains there.

Source: Human remains placed at TMT site | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/human-remains-placed-tmt-site).

Accessed on 19 September 2016, 16:30 hrs, UTC.

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Native Hawaiian activist Palikapu Dedman says an ahu he helped erect near the TMT site on the Mauna Kea summit should be protected after he placed human bones belonging to a relative at the structure.

Dedman, who could face possible criminal charges, tells reporter Tom Callis that he placed iwi or bones belonging to an ancestor on the stone altar last September and “then again earlier this month after realizing the first set of bones went missing.”

Dedman claims state law defines his act as “a traditional practice…I had a right to do it.”  Dedman says the laying of the iwi at the ahu “show(s) the area is a Hawaiian burial site, a claim made by some opponents of the proposed telescope.”

Dedman may be cited for not submitting a burial plan approved by the island’s burial council.

Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth says his office is reviewing the report from DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement concerning the iwi, but was unable to tell when a decision on criminal charges will occur.

For his part, Dedman claims “I’m just being responsible for my ancestors.”


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Ige pressed on TMT; Telescope talk dominates portion of governor’s visit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Thirty Meter Telescope supporters and opponents attended a “community connection” Tuesday evening at University of Hawaii at Hilo to question Gov. David Ige about his positions on the controversial project and Mauna Kea.

Source: Ige pressed on TMT; Telescope talk dominates portion of governor’s visit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-pressed-tmt-telescope-talk-dominates-governor-s-visit).

Accessed on 11 August 2016, 15:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Discussion at Tuesday’s “community connection” meeting at UH-Hilo largely centered on the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope and future use of the Mauna Kea Summit.

UH-Hilo astrophysical student Niki Thomas questioned Hawaii Governor David Ige about the fate of UH-Hilo’s damaged Hoku Kea telescope, which was part of the telescope reduction plan proposed by the governor. Although a new telescope has been ordered to replace Hoku Kea, the ongoing controversy and contested case hearing involving the TMT has put the location of the new instrument in limbo. According to UH-Hilo officials, the new telescope would be installed on campus until a suitable location on Mauna Kea is found.

In response to questions about TMT, Governor Ige said he entered office like a person arriving in the “middle of the movie.” Ige added that he had no intention of activating the Hawaii National Guard during protests against TMT and is “considering ways to make the review process for similar projects more centered around dialogue.” Governor Ige said “I’ve been accused of being on the verge of calling out the National Guard, when there really was no instance or information that I would do so…I don’t know where this misinformation starts.”


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Amano tackles TMT motions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Riki May Amano, hearings officer for the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case, waded through procedural questions and assertions of Hawaiian sovereignty during a hearing Friday in Hilo.

Source: Amano tackles TMT motions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/amano-tackles-tmt-motions).

Accessed on 06 August 2016, 16:58 hrs, UTC.

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The TMT contested case hearing resumed Friday, 05 August 2016, at the YMCA in Hilo, with hearings officer Riki May Amano reviewing a stack of procedural questions and claims of Hawaiian sovereignty.

Amano said some of the “weightier motions”, such as the dismissal of TMT’s land use permit application and the disqualification of the state’s legal counsel, will be delayed until the next meeting on Friday, 12 August 2016.  At that meeting Amano will most likely schedule a site visit to Mauna Kea and “possibly set dates for evidentiary hearings, which she expects to start in October.”

Although the purpose of the contested case hearing was to determine TMT’s right to resume construction atop Mauna Kea, much of Friday’s discussion centered on Hawaii’s political history, which some testifiers claimed  “can’t be separated.”

Richard Wurdeman, the attorney for the original six contested case petitioners, told reporter Tom Callis that “TMT’s application is flawed, because the 2010 document is signed by TMT Observatory Corp., not TMT International Observatory, which is the observatory’s new entity.”

Wurdeman also claims the state’s legal counsel “is not impartial and has taken on advocacy roles.”


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Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Participants in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case have filed a flurry of motions ahead of today’s meeting in Hilo, from declaring Mauna Kea sacred to ongoing challenges to Riki May Amano’s selection as hearings officer.

Source: Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/multiple-motions-filed-tmt-case-hearing-set-today).

Accessed on 05 August 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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The hearing will be held today, Friday, 05 August 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilo YMCA.  This will be the first TMT hearing since retired judge Riki May Amano convened the first meeting on 17 June 2016.  At that hearing, judge Amano increased the number of people and groups participating in the TMT discussion from seven to twenty-five.

Excluding a site inspection on Mauna Kea for the proposed telescope, this hearing could be the last meeting before the evidentiary hearing begins, perhaps in October 2016.

Motions filed to date range from dismissing judge Amano as hearings officer to reasserting the rights of The Kingdom of Hawaii over all development on Mauna Kea.


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Poll: 60 percent of isle residents support TMT construction | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Sixty percent of Hawaii Island residents support building the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, according to a new poll.

Source: Poll: 60 percent of isle residents support TMT construction | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/poll-60-percent-isle-residents-support-tmt-construction).

Accessed on 05 August 2016, 02:00 hrs, UTC.

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According to a poll commissioned by TMT International Observatory and conducted by Honolulu-based Ward Research, Inc., 60% of Hawaii Island residents support the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.

Native Hawaiians and part Hawaiian remain divided on the TMT, with 46% in favor of the TMT and 45% opposed to the $1.4 billion project.

According to Ward Research, Inc., the biggest change was in the amount of people opposed to TMT.  In the previous poll conducted in October 2015, 39% of those surveyed were against TMT.  In this poll, that number dropped to 31% opposed to the TMT project.

TMT Executive Director Ed Stone said the results are “significant and we are most grateful that the community’s support of the project remains high.”  Stone hopes TMT construction begins by April 2018.


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