(BIVN) – Kahu Moses Kahoʻokele Crabbe, unable to stand with the kūpuna on the Mauna Kea Access Road because of health reasons, testified in dramatic fashion during Wednesday’s University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents meeting in Hilo.
Crabbe brought with him “all our kūpuna, all of our ʻaumākua, all of our tutu, not only from the Hilo-side but from the Waimea-side that has been taught to us.”
The kahu presented hoʻokupu to the regents and then led the crowd in the Hawaiian patriotic song Kaulana Nā Pua, as many in attendance held high the triangle-hand gesture that symbolizes the Kū Kiaʻi Mauna movement.
Nearly everyone in attendance spoke in opposition to the Regent’s Maunakea stewardship resolution, and most of those opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope project also opposed the proposed adoption of new administrative rules governing UH-managed lands on the mountain.
Big Island Video News will be presenting more video testimony from this hearing.