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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.

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