Court Decision on Mauna Kea Threatens Hawaiian Rights


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Kekailoa Perry

In October 2018, after a long legal battle, the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court gave the green light for the state Board of Land and Natural Resources to issue a permit that would allow the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on conservation lands on Mauna a Wākea. When the decision came down many Hawaiians, environmentalists, and experts in Hawaiian and environmental law were disgusted by the majority opinion of the court. Our guest blogger, Kekailoa Perry, provides some insight as to why the decision should be seriously questioned by the public.

A constitution is the law of the land. The second US president, John Adams, included in the 1780 Massachusetts state constitution that the society would be “governed by laws not men.” This statement is now considered a fundamental civic principle, essential for the health and stability of the republic. It means that humans are…

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