1/26 – Judge Amano sets February dates
At the end of today’s proceedings, hearings officer Riki May Amano tentatively scheduled hearings for the remaining witnesses next month on Feb. 13-16, 21-23 and 27 and 28. It was unclear whether additional hearings would be needed past February.
Since officially beginning on October 20, the contested case hearings have gone through 31 days of proceedings and over 35 witnesses representing both sides of the debate on the Thirty Meter Telescope.
The witnesses representing TMT and the University of Hawaii wrapped up their testimony earlier this month and focused mainly on the scientific, educational and economic benefits of the Thirty Meter Telescope, including the project’s environmental impact statement and related mitigation efforts to build the telescope.
Those representing the TMT opponents have yet to complete their testimony and have concentrated mainly on cultural issues. Other groups, including the pro-TMT Native Hawaiian group PUEO, have yet to testify.
Today’s hearing began with Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer testifying on behalf of the TMT opponents regarding Native Hawaiian rights and cultural practices. Aluli Meyer is director of Indigenous Education at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.
Hawaiian cultural practitioner Clarence Kukauakahi Ching, who is also a party in the contested case hearing, began his testimony later in the afternoon.
Two more January hearings are scheduled next week Monday and Tuesday, January 30 and 31, at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo.