Judge allows Mauna Kea management lawsuit to continue

HONOLULU — A judge is allowing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to continue its lawsuit over the University of Hawaii’s management of Mauna Kea.

Amid a raging controversy over building the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, OHA filed the lawsuit in 2017. The lawsuit accuses the university of developing the mountain for astronomy at the expense of its environment and cultural significance.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a judge is allowing the lawsuit to move forward, while rejecting a breach of contract claim.

OHA says the university has failed as stewards of Mauna Kea.

The university says it is pleased the judge dismissed one of the lawsuit’s two claims. The university will continue litigating the claim. University officials say they’ve made great strides in the mountain’s management.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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