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Mauna Kea hearing on Maui planned for Sept. 28

The Maui News

Maui residents will get a chance to provide input on proposed rules for University of Hawaii-managed lands on Mauna Kea in September, the university announced Sunday.

A meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Room 144 of the ‘Ike Le’a building at the University of Hawaii Maui College. It will be the last of four meetings statewide on the rules.

The proposed rules can be found at hawaii.edu/offices/bor/adminrules/proposed.html. Testimony may be submitted in four ways up until the end of the last noticed hearing:

• Online at the UH Government Relations website at hawaii.edu/govrel/uhhar-testimony/.

• Via email at uhhar@hawaii.edu.

• In writing to UH Government Relations Office, 2442 Campus Road, Administrative Services Building 1-101, Honolulu 96822.

• In person at one of the four public hearings.

Once the rules are finalized, they will go to the UH Board of Regents for a publicly noticed decision-making meeting that will also accept public testimony. If approved at that point, the rules will proceed through the administrative rules process to Gov. David Ige for final review and approval.

“The administrative rules provide the university with an important stewardship tool to more effectively protect the cultural, natural and scientific resources on Mauna Kea and provide measures to better ensure public health and safety,” UH-Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai said in a news release.

The draft rules were developed after extensive community outreach that included several publicly noticed meetings, open houses and consultation with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Small Business Regulatory Review Board, the university said in its release. The draft rules are consistent with rules currently in place for similar lands managed by DLNR, including forest and natural area reserves.

The UH Board of Regents approved the draft rules for public hearings on June 7, and Ige gave approval to move ahead with public hearings in July.