Hosted by ʻAhahui o Hawaiʻi Advocates for Native Hawaiian Justice, a student organization at the William S. Richardson School of Law, this discussion will cover the University of Hawaii’s historical management of Mauna Kea, the role that astronomy and Native Hawaiian communities have played in the past, and the current conflict over development on Mauna Kea. The panel includes Camille Kalama, Attorney, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Gregory Chun Ph.D. senior adviser to University of Hawaii on management of Mauna Kea, Chair of Mauna Kea Management Board, and UH Manoa faculty member, Justice Robert Klein, Attorney, Klein Law Group, and Associate Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court, 1992-2000, Mayor Harry Kim and moderated by Moanike’ala Nabarro of KITV.
1. (ALL) What is your pilina, or relationship, to Mauna Kea? Why is it important to you personally?
2. (MAYOR KIM & CAMILLE KALAMA) When consulting the community regarding future stewardship of Mauna Kea, what does “community” mean to you? How should the “community” be determined? How much weight should that community’s voice carry when envisioning future management?
3. (GREG CHUN & JUSTICE KLEIN) How has UH demonstrated that it is the proper steward of Mauna Kea? Do adequate guidelines exist within current management plans to address traditional and customary practices especially given that Mauna Kea is situated on ceded lands?
4. (ALL) What does pono management of Mauna Kea look like? What is the most significant concrete first step that UH could take to better steward Mauna Kea? What other steps could UH take to improve its stewardship of Mauna Kea?