Transmitted for your information is the resolution adopted by our Caucus concerning Mauna Kea. We delivered it to the Governor’s Office, and specifically met with his Chief of Staff, Linda Chu Takayama.
Ms. Takayama shared with us that the Governor has received input from many members in the community, emphasized that the Governor’s role is to enforce the law and ensure safety; that the Governor does support the TMT, recognizes the need for improved management, and looks forward to further dialogue on how best to manage Mauna Kea. She commented about the value of the TMT as a great opportunity for Native Hawaiians as new discoveries are made; and the economic benefit to Hawaii Island.
We spent a good hour with her. All said and done, she will pass our resolution to the Governor. It is extremely doubtful that plans to build the TMT will be pulled back.
We shall, however, continue to distribute the resolution, and will eventually plan a meeting to focus on the question of “What does good management of Mauna Kea mean?,” in the hopes of producing recommendations to the Governor as he, the UH, Native Hawaiians, and the community struggle with this question.
Me kealoha pumehana