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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Statement from OHA Chair on today’s Maunakea ruling by Judge Laubach

August 6, 2021

STATEMENT FROM OHA CHAIR CARMEN “HULU” LINDSEY ON TODAY’S MAUNAKEA RULING BY JUDGE LAUBACH

OHA is grateful for the pono outcome of Judge Laubach’s ruling today, finding Marie Alohalani Brown, Maxine Kahaulelio, Ranette Robinson and Keliʻi W. Ioane not guilty of obstructing Maunakea Access Road.

We extend our deepest aloha to all 38 kūpuna who were arrested for engaging in peaceful, nonviolent protest on that fateful day in July of 2019, and to all  nā kiaʻi who have stood in kapu aloha against the continual disregard of Native Hawaiians’ legitimate concerns for our sacred spaces and our ‘āina aloha.

The 2019 arrests and todayʻs ruling highlight just another example of how Native Hawaiians have had to continually place their bodies and lives on the line, to protect that which serves as the foundation of our cultural identity and well-being. We look forward to the day when state decisionmakers understand and take seriously the cultural concerns and deep harms that are uniquely felt by Native Hawaiians, arising from government actions impacting the ʻāina and our deeply valued biocultural resources.

In the meantime, OHA will continue to seek to hold the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi accountable for their longstanding and well-documented mismanagement of Maunakea, through our ongoing lawsuit and other channels of advocacy for the proper stewardship of this sacred mauna.

To learn more about OHA’s lawsuit and other advocacy on Maunakea, please visit www.oha.org/maunakea.

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