Jesse Unruh, Speaker of the California Assembly from 1961 to 1968, is credited with coining the phrase, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” … For better or worse, mostly worse I think — money is seen as the life force and energy behind politics and elections.
As an unlimited tonnage ship captain (who uses astronomy on the job) and as a person who has sailed on the voyaging canoe Hokule‘a, I find the arguments against the Thirty Meter Telescope on the basis of damaging the sacred nature of the mountain as confusing, unfounded and perhaps anti-constitutional.
I’ve had the privilege of spending some time at the summit of Mauna Kea and experienced its spectacular beauty. It was majestic and breathtaking (perhaps the altitude had something to do with it). Mauna Kea is truly a very special place and should be respected and protected. Unfortunately, that’s not happening.
On behalf of all of us at KIUC, I extend my warmest mahalo to our members who worked with us in such a positive way to address the issues we faced following the fault at the Kapaia Power Station and the temporary loss of our first- and third-largest generators.
There’s nothing like a beach day at Polihale. The clear blue crystalline ocean reflecting a cloudless sky, few places in the world hold the sheer mana as the state park that was closed this past weekend.
Those who study Hawaii’s long history in the struggle for social justice and Native Hawaiian self-determination, are not surprised at the courage, code of conduct, and effective use of non-violent civil disobedience shown by the Native Hawaiian (Kanaka) activists on Mauna Kea against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).
This coming Sunday July 28th more than a thousand residents are predicted to gather at Vidinha Stadium at 11:30 a.m., and march down Rice Street “in support of our kia’i standing on the front line for the protection of Mauna Kea”. The march will conclude on the grounds fronting the Historic County Building where there will be music and educational events.