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Community Presentations on the Future of Maunakea

March 10, 2018, 10:30 AM HST (Updated March 16, 2018, 3:46 PM)
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Sen. Kaiali‘i Kahele released a statement on planned, statewide community presentations on Maunakea and Senate Bill 3090 Senate Draft 2 (SB3090 SD2). The bill establishes a new Maunakea Management Authority and limits the number of telescopes that may be authorized on Maunakea.

“The purpose of these community presentations is to apprise, educate and provide information so the public and community can make informed decisions on the future of Maunakea regarding its proper stewardship and management,” said Sen. Kahele. “Without question, Maunakea is a culturally revered and special place to many of Hawai‘i’s people and finding that critical balance, without continuing to divide our communities, is of utmost importance to me. What does not exist today is a vision for Maunakea and leadership to bring that vision to fruition.”

Community presentations on the Big Island are scheduled as follows:

  • Waimea: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Kanu O Ka ʻĀina Learning Center 64-1043 Hi‘iaka St., 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Hilo: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Keaukaha Elementary School Cafeteria, 240 Desha Ave., 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Kailua-Kona: Monday, April 2, 2018, West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, 74-677 Kealakehe Parkway, 6 to 8 p.m.

Neighbor Island presentations:

  • Pukalani, Maui: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, 91 Pukalani St., 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i – Tuesday, April 3, 2018, location TBD, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Kalapaki Bay, Kaua‘i: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Niumalu Canoe Club, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Honolulu, O‘ahu: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Ka Waiwai Collective 1110 University Ave., #100, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Kapolei, O‘ahu: Thursday, March 15, 2018, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hale Pono‘i 91-5420, Kapolei Parkway, 7 to 9 p.m.

Sen. Kahele represents the 1st Senatorial District, which encompasses the greater Hilo area on the Island of Hawai‘i.

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