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(Editor’s note, March 19) The public review period for the Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice for Long-Term Continuation of Astronomy on Maunakea (EISPN) has been extended from 30 to 45 days.

The original EISPN publication date was February 23, 2018, with the comment period ending on March 27, 2018. The new deadline for EISPN comments is Monday, April 9, 2018.

This time extension was made in response to an EISPN comment. The extended time period will provide the community with additional time to submit comments and address questions to be considered in the draft environmental impact statement. Original story continues below.


The University of Hawaiʻi will be holding three open house meetings seeking public input on an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice to replace the two existing leases and easement for UH managed lands on Maunakea. The EISPN was published in the February 23 issue of the Environmental Notice of the State Office of Environmental and Quality Control.

The public comments will help in the drafting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new land authorization. The open houses are scheduled for March 12 in Waimea, Hawaiʻi; March 13 in Hilo, Hawaiʻi and March 14 in Honolulu, Oʻahu (locations and times below). The public can submit comments via the website through March 27 or by regular mail (address below).

The UH lease for the 11,288-acre Mauna Kea Science Reserve expires in 2033, and a non-exclusive easement for the Mauna Kea Access Road, for about 71 acres, also expires in 2033. The lease for the 19-acre Halepōhaku mid-level facility expires in 2041.

The draft EIS will explore three options: 1) the leases and easement are allowed to expire, 2) UH receives a new authorization for a much reduced land area, or 3) UH receives a new authorization for the same areas. The three options and potentially additional alternatives based on input received during the EISPN review period will be evaluated in the Draft EIS. Once completed, the Draft EIS will go also go through a thorough public review process.

This effort builds upon the extensive community outreach that shaped the 2009 Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan. The plan provides a framework for managing multiple existing and future activities, such as astronomy, recreational and commercial activities, scientific research, and cultural and religious activities.

Locations, dates and times for the upcoming open house meetings

  • Waimea; Monday, March 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Department of Hawaiian Homelands—Kūhiō Hale, 64-756 Māmalahoa Highway
  • Hilo; Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi—Moanahoku Hall, 600 ʻImiloa Place
  • Honolulu; Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. UH Cancer Center, Sullivan Conference Center, 701 Ilalo Street

If you have any questions regarding the open houses or the EISPN, please call (808) 933-0734.

Comments can be mailed to:

Maunakea Land Authorizations EIS
Office of Mauna Kea Management
200 W. Kāwili Street
Hilo, HI 96720

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  1. I just submitted my comments. Here is what I posted. Well when I was a kid I was taught, the difference between right and wrong.
    Well, I grew up believing that the USA was the greatest country there ever was, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
    Then I moved back home to Hawai’i.
    After reading Queen Liliuokalani’s and Sanford B Dole’s book, I realized that the USA was actually a terrorist state.
    We as parents taught/teach our children the difference between right and wrong and want them to know the difference.
    But I can no longer live the 125 year old lie.
    I know the difference between the truth and a lie
    So I going to stand on my feet and to proclaim Hawaii Nei is a FREE sovereign nation
    We as a people, and as a nation are rising
    This is why I am against TMT or any observatory on Mauna a Wakea. I say NO TO ANY EXTENSION of leases because the terrorist state of Hawaii has no legal right to build or continued use of the kingdom of Hawaii SACRED lands.
    Do any of you that will be voting on this know the difference between right or wrong? Now is the time you all must look deep within your soul. You have a choice between voting to continue the 1893 terrorist act, or vote to not extend the lease because you do not want to continue the 1893 terrorist act. Imagine your kids/grandkids and great grandkids looking back at your vote and will say, “My Great Great Grandfather or Great great Grandmother knew the difference between right or wrong” or will they be shame that you voted for the continuation of the 1893 terrorist act? This is a vote between right and wrong. Now show the world if you know the difference between right and wrong.

  2. General lease S-4191 and General lease S-4697 should NOT be replaced with a new land authorization! Why? General lease S-4191 and General lease S-4697 are both flawed! Any member of the public is aware of the sharp conflict associated with Mauna Kea: 1) the number of people willing to be arrested because they perceive a grave injustice being committed, 2) of those being arrested, the overwhelming number of cases being dropped before sentencing and the overwhelming cases being dismissed or not found guilty only points to the validity of their arguments, 3) the number of court cases that have and are being broughrt against the University of Hawaii for their management of Mauna Kea and against the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) for their management of Mauna Kea, 4) the large number of people who have joined in demonstrations on Mauna Kea protesting the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and in demonstrations elsewhere, including places other than Hawaii, against the building of the TMT. To award another lease or extend a lease that is flawed is to increase the conflict.
    On Page 19 of the EIS are found the words, “DLNR would retain ultimate management authority over all state-owned land on Maunakea.” These words, “all state-owned land on Maunakea” is not accepted fact. The University of Hawaii have their own professors who question this statement. Dr. Keanu Sai is one. Others are Dr. Haunani Trask, Dr. Ronald Williams Jr., Dr. Noe Noe Wilson, Professor Jon Osorio. There are others. More and more research being published since the awarding of the first lease by the BLNR to the University of Hawaii has shown that the KIngdom of Hawaii was illegally overthrown by a handful of traitors with the complicity of the U.S. Military. US Public Law 103-150 signed into law by President Clinton has acknowledged that the Kingdom of Hawai`i was overthrown illegally. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands has also acknowledged in Lance Larsen v. the Kingdom of Hawai`i that the overthrow in 1893 was done illegally. As such, the state of Hawai`i cannot claim that it owns the land on top of Mauna Kea. The land on Mauna Kea is acknowledged to be part of the Ahupuaa of Kaohe in the District of Hamakua. This designation was made by The Mahele under the Kingdom of Hawai`i where this ahupuaa was deemed “Government Lands.” Thus the State of Hawai`i has to prove its claim that the land related to the General lease S-4191 or owned by the State of Hawai`i. Without this proof this EIS is flawed. The Government Lands of the Kingdom of Hawai`i cannot be used by any corporation, especially involving funds from foreign governments and foreign corporations to build any teleschope on Mauna Kea.
    The original lease was awarded to the Unitversity of Hawai`i to “build a telescope”. These words prevent the building of more than one telescope.
    Of the alternatives being proposed in this EIS, the only corect alternative is the one of “No action.”
    Thank you for allowing me to comment.

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