Plaintiffs challenging the state Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision to grant a permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope announced Saturday they have filed their opening brief in Third Circuit Court.
The plaintiffs — Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, KAHEA: the Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, Deborah J. Ward, E. Kalani-Flores, B. Pualani Case, Clarence Kukauakahi Ching and Paul Neves — say they are seeking to force BLNR to uphold its responsibility to protect natural and cultural resources.
“The summit of Mauna Kea is wao akua, a place of Gods,” said KAHEA president, Jonathan Osorio, in a written statement.
“It is a sacred place because of the sensitivity of that environment and its influence over all of the environments below it: forests, uplands, streams — everything,” he said.
Oral arguments are scheduled to be heard Dec. 13.