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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.