A note from the ATST opposition on Maui:
Kilakila o Haleakalā is a Native Hawaiian organization set up to provide education to the public in opposition to the proposed Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) that the National Science Foundation is planning to build atop sacred Haleakalā. Construction of this monstrous building will desecrate our sacred summit and irreparably interfere with the practice of Native Hawaiian Spiritual Practitioners.
Kilakila o Haleakalā is represented by Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and will be challenging the Finding of No Significant Impact in the Final Environment Assessment (FEA), which evaluates a Management Plan (MP) for activities undertaken by the University of Hawai’i Institute for Astronomy (UHIfA) at the Haleakala High Altitude Observatory Site. We are also contesting the conservation district use permit (CDUP) application filed with the Board of Land and Natural Resources by National Science Foundation and UHIfA for the construction of the ATST upon sacred Haleakalā.
It is inconceivable that they would try to have us believe that construction of a 14 story telescope and plans to build more telescopes in the future would have no significant impact to our sacred mountain. So many important issues were inadequately addressed in their scarce report, including the impact on the views both from the summit and from all over the island; the construction noise and the noise from all the observatories both upon spiritual practitioners trying to do their practices and also upon the ‘ua’u, protected Hawaiian petrels; the interference with constitutionally protected Native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices; the effect of the construction itself on the ‘ua’u and flora and fauna, etc. The list goes on and on and on, but these matters (and the beliefs and opinions of the majority of the Native Hawaiian people) are being ignored once again by organizations and individuals who have no understanding of Hawaiian culture.
Haleakalā is the sacred ancestor of the Kānaka Maoli, but these inadequate studies find that further desecration of our ancestor will have no significant impact on either sacred Haleakalā or the history and culture of the Kānaka Maoli. Please help us preserve sacred Haleakalā from further desecration and start returning the summit to its natural state.
We are looking for a total of $20,000 in donations to pay for the legal fees and to bring in expert witnesses to fight this cultural genecide. Please help. You can send donations to Kilakila o Haleakala, c/o K. McDuff, P O Box 1043, Haiku HI 96708. We will have a pay pal account up on our website in the near future as well: www.kilakilahaleakala.org.
Mahalo for your consideration and support,