by Debbie Ward As Sierra Club members know, we have spent many years working to ensure that the natural and cultural resources of Mauna Kea are protected. Members have offered testimony, served on committees, conducted research, written letters, consulted in legislative audits, participated in contested case hearing and successful litigation, and more, over the past … Read moreUPDATE ON MAUNA KEA
by Nelson Ho Recent actions of the University of Hawai`i have proved troubling to management of the summit. The UH appointed Mauna Kea Management Board is supposed to represent the public’s interest, but has been acting like the classic fox guarding the hen house. Their decisions continue to increase the bad land use practices that … Read moreMAUNA KEA UPDATE
by Nelson Ho Sierra Club has long been a voice against the land mismanagement that is turning the summit of Mauna Kea into a private industrial preserve. Now Sierra Club’s ability to defend the threatened Hawai`i environment is imperiled due to DLNR and UH tactics. Mauna Kea still lacks environmental and cultural protections since the … Read moreMAUNA KEA UPDATE
By Nelson Ho and Deborah Ward, CoChairs, Mauna Kea Issues Committee, Hawai`i Chapter, Sierra Club This is not a matter of being for or against Astronomy and Science. It is a matter of adhering to the law, proper land management and correcting forty years of mistakes. Issues raised by Sierra Club, Hawaiians and residents since … Read moreTHIRTY METER TELESCOPE (TMT) SHOULD BE BUILT — ON ANOTHER MOUNTAIN!
By Debbie Ward A stunning blow was dealt to the DLNR and the University of Hawai`i last month when Judge Glenn Hara ruled in favor of Sierra Club and others that Mauna Kea deserves comprehensive management to conserve, protect and preserve the resource. When BLNR approved the construction of the outrigger telescopes following lengthy contested … Read moreMAUNA KEA UPDATE
By Debbie Ward Sierra Club members have long regarded the wild beauty, Pacific-wide view planes and cultural significance of Mauna Kea as one of the treasures Hawai`i must strive to protect. So, when the University requested a lease to build one telescope in the 60s, and then built five more without permits, our members joined … Read moreWHAT’S UP WITH MAUNA KEA?
By Dr. Gregory Brenner, Pacific Analytics – Natural Resource Consultants I am a natural resource consultant who was asked to assist in the preparation of the EIS being produced by NASA for the Outrigger Telescope project. I have a PhD in entomology and a Master’s degree in statistics, and have been providing natural resource consulting … Read moreTHE OUTRIGGER TELESCOPE PROJECT: ANOTHER VIEW
By Deborah Ward and Nelson Ho NASA RELENTS AFTER TWO YEARS AND AGREES TO DO A FULL EIS FOR THE KECK 6 TELESCOPES After more than a year of court battles, NASA officials announced November 5th that they will begin work next month on an environmental impact statement for the outrigger telescope project at the … Read moreSIGNIFICANT GAINS FOR MAUNA KEA PROTECTION BUT BIGGEST TELESCOPE IN HISTORY DESIRED BY ASTRONOMERS
By Nelson Ho Sierra Club members Deborah Ward and Nelson Ho were hard at work consulting with Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Clarence Ching and Hank Fergerstrom to conclude the first contested case hearing regarding a Mauna Kea sited telescope. Conducted for several weeks before a representative of the Board of … Read moreFINAL PHASE OF KECK 6 TELESCOPES APPROACHES