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Friday, December 27, 2019
Mayor Kim, Protesters Agree to Remove Last Tent from Mauna Kea Access Road -- Until End of February
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This 'agreement' helps everybody EXCEPT the telescope.

Maunakea Access Road Temporarily Closed to the Public

News Release from Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, 12/26/2019

Mayor Harry Kim announced on Thursday that the Maunakea Access Road is temporarily closed to the public as the road is being cleared to make it completely accessible to the public. 

Under an agreement with the protectors, the clearing operation will involve the collaborative efforts of State and County agencies working together with the protectors. 

During the road closure, access will be limited to telescope personnel, ranchers, conservation workers, hunters and cultural practitioners, as previously arranged, the Mayor said. The County of Hawai‘i appreciates everyone’s cooperation and understanding of the temporary closure.

The road will reopen to the general public on Saturday, December 28.  This date coincides with the reopening of the Hale Pohaku Visitor Center.

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Mayor Kim's letter to Dr. Noe Noe Wong-Wilson regarding Resolution to Open Maunakea Access Road

News Release from Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, 12/26/2019

Dr. Noe Noe Wong-Wilson

Mauna Kupuna

Maunakea Access Road

Hawai'i Island

Dear Noe Noe,   December 26, 2019

RE: Resolution to Open Maunakea Access Road

Please review the following offer being made to the Maunakea Protectors to open the Maunakea Access Road.

The TMT Project has informed State officials and Mayor Kim that there will be no attempt to deliver construction equipment to the Maunakea site anytime soon.  I, Mayor Kim give you my personal assurances that no attempt will be made to move TMT construction equipment up the mountain for a minimum of two months.  During this time, at least until the end of February 2020, the protectors are requested to move the Kupuna tent which is currently on the roadway to the side of the road.  This will provide open access to the general public to drive up the road to the Maunakea Visitor Center or to the summit region.  This clearance of the roadway will help ensure the safety of visitors and protectors.

During this time, State and County agencies and law enforcement will agree to stand down.  There will be no attempt by State of Hawai'i law enforcement agencies or Hawai'i County Police Department to remove the protectors’ encampment from the sides of Maunakea Access Road or from Pu’uhonua o Pu’uhuluhulu.

It is hoped that during this peaceful time, communication between government officials, the astronomy community, community leaders and protectors will continue.  I, Mayor Kim will continue to work with TMT to extend the two-month stand-down period if necessary.

Please respond to this offer as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Harry Kim

Mayor

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WE ARE COMMITTED AND WE WILL NOT LEAVE MAUNAKEA UNTIL THE TMT LEAVES HAWAI‘I

News Release from anti-telescope protesters

MAUNAKEA ACCESS ROAD, 12/26/19 - Today, we received written assurances from Mayor Harry Kim that construction of the TMT will not proceed until the end of February at the earliest and that law enforcement will stand down for the duration of that time. In response to the mayor's commitment, the kūpuna will open the road for safety reasons. They will remain in place alongside Maunakea Access Road with the full support of the Pu‘uhonua and will be prepared to respond to any threat of construction by TMT in the future.

We'd like to thank the hundreds of kia‘i who responded to the Hawai‘i island kāhea today and were on hand to hear from the kūpuna directly. We would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant and steadfast, as Aunty Noe Noe reminded us today, "if there are any signs of construction, we'll be right back in the middle of the road."

We are committed and we will not leave Maunakea until the TMT leaves Hawai‘i.

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