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                                Walter Ritte, right, listened as his attorney Dexter Kaiama, left, spoke on his behalf at the Hilo Courthouse in 2019 on his charges related to the Mauna Kea protests. Ritte, an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee and a group of Mauna Kea protesters will have to wait until April 29 to see whether charges can be refiled.
Cases dismissed for Mauna Kea kupuna

Twenty-nine elders who were arrested on Mauna Kea during the 2019 protest to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope had their cases dismissed Friday in District Court. Read more

Critical Hawaii issues face deadlines, uncertainty in 2022

Rough deadlines are in place for critical issues to be dealt with in 2022, but much uncertainty remains over what will happen with COVID-19, development on Mauna Kea, elections for every House and Senate seat, and the future of the city’s troubled rail project. Read more

                                The “pre-final” master plan for University of Hawaii-managed lands on Mauna Kea limits the number of decommissioned sites that would be considered for nonastronomy development, such as parking and gathering places, to no more than two sites on the summit ridge and one elsewhere.
Adjustments made to Mauna Kea master plan

The “pre-final” master plan for University of Hawaii-managed lands on Mauna Kea clarifies a commitment that none of the five sites where observatories are to be removed by the end of 2033 will be used for future astronomy operations. Read more

Input sought on Mauna Kea plans

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents plans to receive a “Pre-Final Master Plan” for UH-managed lands on Mauna Kea on Thursday, followed by six weeks of public review and input. Read more

                                Dexter Kaiama held his hands high as a tribute to Mauna Kea before a line of kupuna who formed a human barricade in 2019 to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Column: Science should honor the answer: ‘No’

The recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s (Astro2020) prioritizes U.S. funding of the Thirty Meter Telescope — with its contentious preferred site on Mauna Kea — continuing America’s legacy of colonialism and oppression of indigenous kanaka maoli. Read more

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