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Friday, September 6, 2019
UPDATE: Police Demolish 3rd Illegal Structure on 'Sacred' Mauna Kea
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 9102 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

VIDEO: Police Arrive to Tear Down Shack

VIDEO: Heavy Equipment Makes Quick Work of Shack (After cereminial removal of defaced Hawaii State flag.)

BIVN Video: Aftermath

DLNR: Photos

DLNR: Video

HNN: 2 arrested as state crews dismantle illegal wooden structure at Mauna Kea protest camp  

HNN: On Friday morning, HNN saw activists using nails or screws to affix the flag to the structure’s entrance. Plywood was also bolted to the door while a window was covered from the inside.

Star-Adv Sept 6, 2019: Live Facebook footage from the scene showed authorities using a front-end loader shortly before 10 a.m. to begin crushing and removing the walls of the building. The building was demolished within minutes.  One observer at the site estimated that the work crew and heavy equipment were accompanied by about 100 law enforcement officers.

HTH: Authorities tearing down illegal structure; traffic backed up on Saddle

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News Release from DHHL, Sept 3, 2019

Statement from Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman on Mayor Harry Kim’s Letter Regarding a Structure Near Kipuka Pu`u Huluhulu

(KAPOLEI, HI) – Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair William J. Aila, Jr. has issued the following statement regarding Hawai`i County Mayor Harry Kim’s letter to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) about a structure near Kipuka Pu`u Huluhulu.


“Law enforcement has notified protectors at Pu`u Huluhulu that the structure near Kipuka Pu`u Huluhulu is unpermitted. Unauthorized structures on all DHHL lands statewide are addressed in a consistent manner. Following a posted Noticed To Vacate, DHHL will remove the structure as soon as resources become available. Abandoned or seized property is then held pursuant to section 171-31.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes. DHHL continues to prioritize the safety of all beneficiaries and the protection of the trust.”

Above is a map showing the approximate location of the structure.

Mayor Kim: Letter to DHHL, Sept 3, 2019 

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News Release from DHHL, June 22, 2019

(Kapolei, HI) On Thursday, June 20 the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) removed an illegal structure known as Hale O Kuhio from Hawaiian Home Lands on the lower slope of Mauna Kea.

Members of the “Kanaka Rangers” and the “Beneficiary Trust Council” who constructed the dwelling were given multiple verbal and written notices to vacate the property over the past year.

A previous structure at the same location was voluntarily removed by a separate party upon request by DHHL several months ago. The DHHL action occurred alongside other removals on Mauna Kea by various state agencies that same day.

“The Department had intended to remove the illegal shack for some time. The other removal activities on the Mauna allowed DHHL access to safety and security resources that we otherwise would have not been able to acquire,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman William J. Aila, Jr.

The lumber from the structure was transported and placed into storage by DHHL while all items of value were taken to a private storage facility. Everything from the removal will be kept for a 30-day period, in which the owners of the property may claim them. A notice was posted at the site and a copy was provided to a member of the “Kanaka Rangers” who was present during the removal.

Social media posts have inaccurately stated that former East Hawai`i Hawaiian Homes Commissioner Wally Ishibashi was a part of this action. Ishibashi was not present at any time.

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Good Stewards? Mauna Kea activists build unpermitted wooden structure on lava field

Star-Adv: ... Activists opposed to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope have been building the pier-on-post structure near Puu Huluhulu, and by Monday had assembled the floor, framing and portions of the roof of the building.

In an apparent split within the protest movement, the Royal Order of Kamehameha I issued a statement that it does not “endorse or sanction” the building. The Royal order established the puuhonua or place of refuge at Puu Huluhulu that is serving as a hub of the protest activity.

“While we remain steadfast in our commitment for the puʻuhonua to be a safe haven for our people until we are sure our mauna is protected, we have no intention of establishing a permanent village within this refuge,” the order said in the statement.

“We have informed the individuals building the structure that neither the Royal Order of Kamehameha nor Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu endorse or sanction the construction of immobile structures. We remain committed to maintaining only a temporary presence and a light footprint within the boundaries of the Puʻuhonua….

read … Mauna Kea activists build unpermitted wooden structure on lava field

HNN: DHHL not protesters, could face fines for unpermitted structure at Mauna Kea

HNN: Video Shows Unpermitted Shed next to Unpermitted House 

HTH: TMT protesters told ‘library’ under construction is unpermitted; protest leaders fear state plans to clear blockade in next 30 days 

KITV: "We got a library being built, we got kanakas getting established on their national lands."


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