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Mauna a Wākea: OHA submits testimony in opposition of proposed rules that would limit access

HONOLULU – At today’s Board of Land & Natural Resources meeting, a new rule (agenda item C-1) is being heard that would give the DLNR Chair the unilateral power to close hunting areas throughout the entire state, including those around ‎Mauna Kea‬.

OHA has submitted testimony in OPPOSITION to the proposed rule citing “the closures of public hunting areas have the potential to severely impact constitutionally protected Native Hawaiian traditional & customary rights, the perpetuation of Native Hawaiian cultural values, as well as a major means of providing food for Native Hawaiian families & communities.”

OHA also has submitted testimony in OPPOSITION to proposed rule C-2 that would ban outdoor gear and restrict access to the mountain.

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