LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS UNDER MAUNA KEA EMERGENCY RULE BEGIN
DLNR News Release July 31, 2015
Early Friday morning, July 31, 2015, officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement arrested seven men, camping in the restricted area on Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. The Hawaii County Police Department provided transportation support and rangers from the Office of Mauna Kea Management provided logistical support. An additional six men were issued citations and voluntarily left the mountain. Under the emergency rule approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources and signed by Governor David Ige, it is illegal to be in the restricted area along Mauna Kea Observatory Access Road from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. The arrests and citations follow more than a week of awareness efforts to ensure people knew the particulars of the emergency rule. These efforts included the placement of signage around the Mauna Kea Visitors Center and the handing out of educational flyers which detail the specific provisions of the rule. Additional law enforcement efforts can continue at anytime while the rule is in effect.
Five of those arrested had bail set at $250:
- Eric Ana, 35, Oahu
- Joseph Henderson, 26, Pahoa
- Laakeaokani Sanborn, 32, Kona
- D’Angelo Montez McIntyre, 29, Oahu
- Marcus Yoshizu, 26, Oahu
Bail of $400 for additional warrant: Bronson Kobayashi, 23, Kona
Bail of $2850 for additional charges and outstanding warrants: Pueo McGuire Turcotte, Naalehu
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Law Enforcement Actions Under Maunakea Emergency Rule Begin--7 Arrests and 6 Citations
UPDATED DLNR News Release July 31, 2015
(HILO) - Early Friday morning, July 31, 2015, officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement arrested seven men, camping in the restricted area on Maunakea on Hawaii Island. The Hawaii County Police Department provided transportation support and booking and rangers from the Office of Mauna Kea Management provided logistical support. An additional six men were issued citations and voluntarily left the mountain. Under the emergency rule approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources and signed by Governor David Ige, it is illegal to be in the restricted area along Mauna Kea Observatory Access Road from 10 p.m. - 4 a.m. The arrests and citations follow more than a week of awareness efforts to ensure people knew the particulars of the emergency rule. These efforts included the placement of signage around the Mauna Kea Visitors Center and the handing out of educational flyers which detail the specific provisions of the rule. Additional law enforcement efforts can continue at any time while the rule is in effect. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Our DOCARE officers have done an outstanding job of informing people about the emergency rule. I’m proud of the professionalism they demonstrated, both in making people aware of the rule and in enforcing it.”
Arrested for prohibited activities (Hawaii Administrative Rules section 13-123-21.2(d) as amended:
- Eric Ana, 35, Oahu ($250 bail)
- Joseph Henderson, 26, Pahoa ($250 bail)
- Laakeaokani Sanborn, 32, Kona ($250 bail)
- D’Angelo Montez McIntyre, 29, Oahu ($250 bail)
- Marcus Yoshizu, 26, Oahu ($250 bail)
Bronson Kobayashi, 23, Kona ($400 bail, additional for failure to appear)
Pueo McGuire Turcotte, 27, Naalehu ($3100 bail, additional for resisting arrest and contempt of court)
Citations for prohibited activities:
- Michael Kyser
- Lakea Trask
- Sam Whatley-Keliihoomalu
- Justin Murphy
- Caleb Murphy
- Kapono Kuikahi
All photos and video: DLNR
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STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID IGE REGARDING MAUNA KEA
News Release from Office of the Governor, July 31, 2015
“The emergency rules were enacted to ensure public safety and access after the road was blocked by boulders. The state has made sure people are aware of and understand the emergency rules before taking the next step. While we had hoped arrests would not have to be made in the process of citing violators last night, we were prepared to take action, and we did so.”
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Statement of Robert Lindsey, Chairman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees:
News Release from OHA
HONOLULU (July 31, 2015) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs urges the state to cease further enforcement action and arrests until legal questions relating to the Mauna Kea emergency rules are properly resolved. Native Hawaiians have constitutionally protected rights to reasonably engage in traditional and customary practices, and regulations cannot eliminate the exercise of these rights. We hope for a resolution that ensures our beneficiaries’ rights are protected instead of violated.
VIDEO: Robert Klein -- Protesters have rights because they are Hawaiian
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SA: 27 arrested protesting telescopes on 2 mountains
LINK: VIDEO of Haleakala Arrests
BIVN: Arrests On Mauna Kea, Haleakala During Dark Hours
20 Arrested as Maui PD Clears Road for Haleakala Telescope Shipment
Maui News: At least 20 people were arrested late Thursday night as they protested in Puunene as a convoy of parts for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope was being delivered from the Central Maui Baseyard to Haleakala.
According to police records, at least 20 people were arrested for charges including refusing a right of way, resisting arrest, failure to disperse and disorderly conduct. Most had their bail set at $600 and are scheduled to be arraigned today in Wailuku District Court.
At least three of those arrested posted bail as of this morning, records show.
Around 150 protesters gathered at the baseyard, as the slow moving, wide-load convoy was scheduled to depart the baseyard late Thursday night or early Friday morning. Crater Road to the wide-load's destination atop Haleakala was scheduled to be closed until 2 p.m. Friday.
There were no protests or incidents in Haleakala National Park Friday, park officials said. Officials did not know what time the convoy reached the summit.
After the protesters were cleared from the road, the convoy proceeded on Mokulele Highway at about 12;45 a.m. Friday. The convoy included three loads of telescope parts and equipment....
On Thursday night, protesters walked in front of the vehicles, singing, chanting and blowing conch shells. When the gates opened, five protesters laid down on the road with locked arms. Protesters put their arms into PVC pipes to make it more difficult for police to separate them. Police used hack saws to cut open the pipes....
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DLNR arrests seven protesters at 2AM on Mauna Kea
Hawaii Tribune-Herald: Seven protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope were arrested by state conservation officers early this morning for violating the new emergency rule restricting access on Mauna Kea, according to officials.
The arrests occurred around 2 a.m. at the camp set up outside the Mauna Kea Visitors Information Station.
Dan Dennison, a spokesman for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, said there were seven arrests and six citations. All the arrests were for being in the restricted area.
The enforcement action comes exactly three weeks after the state Land Board approved them via a 5-2 vote....
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Ililani Media: The 29th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will meet at the Hawai`i Convention Center during the first two weeks in August.
The Hawaii Convention Center has issued warnings to people who live and work nearby to expect the possibility of protests.
Convention Center General Manager Teri Orton explained the situation to Hawaii News Now.
"We have designated areas on Atkinson Drive for people to assemble and peacefully protest in a safe manner. We respect the right of people to exercise their free speech, but we also expect these protestors to not interfere with the activities of IAU or its attendees. We have a comprehensive security plan in place to address any protest scenario that arises.”
"Law enforcement officials said the Convention Center has already hired a large security contingent and the state sheriff’s division will have officers on standby inside the facility to respond if there are any significant problems....
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