(BIVN) – Three people testified before the Mauna Kea Management Board on Tuesday in Hilo, as the board considered recommending for approval a number of controversial Comprehensive Management Plan Management Actions relating to cultural resources, or CRs.
Pua Case, Hank Fergerstrom, and M. Kalani Souza each delivered statements to the board before it took up the the following action items:
- CR 5, guidelines for the culturally appropriate placement and removal of offerings
- CR 8, policy for the scattering of cremated human remains
- Combine CR 9, policy for the cultural appropriateness of building ahu or stacking of rocks, with CR 7
- CR 7, constructing new Hawaiian cultural features
Case, a passionate kiaʻi on the mountain, spoke for roughly 20 minutes in opposition to the policies (video above).
Hank Fergerstrom brought to the board’s attention international developments, such as a recent document by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, as reported by the Hawaiian Kingdom blog.
Rev. M. Kalani Souza then sat down to share his thoughts, urging everyone work together on the sensitive matter.