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Questions arise over Mauna Kea road

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM / July 18

    An unfulfilled land swap between the state Department of Transportation and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands may develop into a legal problem for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

  • COURTESY NA‘ALEHU ANTHONY PALIK FILMS

    The Attorney General’s office said the Department of Transportation has operational control over Mauna Kea Access Road, but opponents say the land the road was built on belongs to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands because a land swap that was part of a 1995 settlement between the state and DHHL never materialized. Protesters gathered Sunday at the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Mauna Kea Access Road on Hawaii island.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HAWAII STATE SENATE

    “That road belongs to the beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

    Kai Kahele (D, Hilo)

    Hawaii state senator

Hawaii Sen. Kai Kahele (D, Hilo) questioned whether the state Department of Transportation has legal jurisdiction over Mauna Kea Access Road during a legislative briefing at the state Capitol on Wednesday, setting up what could potentially develop into a larger legal issue for the Thirty Meter Telescope and other telescope sites atop Mauna Kea. Read more

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