Mauna Kea Access Road

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi/HPR

A group of Native Hawaiians is suing the state for what they say is its failure to pay for decades of using Hawaiian home lands on Mauna Kea, including the access road to the mountain summit.

The Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of three home lands beneficiaries, Pua Kanahele, Halealoha Ayau and Keliʻi “Skippy” Ioane.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) for the state’s use of the land under the access road. No dollar amount was cited.

Provided by the Office of Governor David Ige

Top state leaders are denouncing threatening social media posts directed at Hawaii law enforcement officers involved in the standoff over the Thirty Meter Telescope. Organizers of the anti-TMT demonstration also condemned the language. 

Dan Dennison / Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Following on traffic and parking enforcement near the Mauna Kea protest on the Big Island and recent comments by lawmakers, state agencies issued statements on Friday reiterating the Department of Transportation's jurisdiction over the summit access road and Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Ryan Finnerty/HPR

Hawaii state officials are debating jurisdiction over the road leading to a contested telescope project, a report said.