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Governor Signs Emergency Rule for Mauna Kea

July 14, 2015, 4:21 PM HST
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Mauna Kea demonstration, 6.24.15. Photo credit: Walter Ritte.

Mauna Kea demonstration, 6.24.15. File photo credit: Walter Ritte.

By Maui Now Staff

Governor David Ige today signed an emergency rule into law, limiting use of the Mauna Kea road between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The Hawai‘i State Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 on Friday, July 10, to approve the Maui Kea access emergency rule, which also prohibits the possession of camping items in restricted areas.

In a statement today, Governor Ige said, “The rule is in effect for 120 days only and gives the state an additional tool to keep the road safe for all. My administration believes firmly in the right of free expression. At the same time we cannot let some people put others at risk of harm or property damage. This temporary rule helps strike that balance. I respectfully ask everyone using the road to exercise caution and obey the law.”

The Mauna Kea Summit Access Road was reopened at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 13.

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The area has been the site of ongoing demonstrations against the Thirty Meter Telescope and construction atop the mountain which some consider to be a sacred place.  The demonstrations are part of an ongoing effort by cultural groups and concerned citizens seeking protection of the site from development.

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