TMT Hearing: Contested Case Hearing Concludes

March 3, 2017, 3:00 PM HST (Updated March 3, 2017, 5:38 PM) · 0 Comments

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An artist’s rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope at sunset. TMT photo.

No more witnesses will take the stand, and attorneys and petitioners will no longer conduct cross-examinations.

After 71 witnesses and 44 days of hearings—and a little over two hours past the 4:30 p.m. adjournment time on Thursday, March 2—the contested case hearing for the state Board of Land and Natural Resources Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project came to an end.

Thursday marked the last day of the months-long hearing for which proponent parties and petitioners gathered at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo.

Retired Judge Riki May Amano is now left to assess all evidence produced from the hearing.

Before Judge Amano makes her final decision:

  • Involved parties need to submit all exhibits into evidence
  • Involved parties will need to file motions, objections and responses to aforementioned exhibits
  • Judge Amano will identify all exhibits
  • Proposed decisions will need to be made by proponent parties and petitioners

It is estimated that the transcripts from the case will fill about 50 volumes and take five to six weeks to put into printed form because of the length of case and difficulty of translating the Hawaiian language used throughout the case.

Judge Amano thanked the last witness, then addressed the gallery, thanking them for their patience, and noting that everyone had come a long way since the pre-hearing that began in May of 2016.



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Aoloa Patao
My ‘ohana is rooted in Honomu and Kohala, and I was born and raised in Kalaoa on Hawai‘i Island. The art of writing intrigued me at an early age, which led me to pursue my B.A. in English with a focus on Creative Writing from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. I began my journalism walk right out of college in 2009, while inconsistently chasing the dream of being a fiction novelist—I’m still chasing her, just more consistently. For now, you can catch me at any given school as a substitute teacher or tending to my yard in Niuli‘i. The notion of engaging and informing this community through Big Island Now brings me a sense of excitement and responsibility that I am thoroughly enthusiastic about.


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