Mauna Kea at Sunset
"Mauna Kea Sunset Tour" by FlyingSinger is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

In April 2019, Executive Committee of the ASA published a statement in support of the kiʻai of Mauna Kea that endorsed “sustainable models of Indigenous stewardship” and criticized academic endeavors that seek justification through “the logics of settler colonial science.” In that regard, we stand with those “respecting Kānaka Maoli genealogical ties to Mauna Kea.”

Since that statement was published, the Governor of Hawaiʻi announced that construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope would begin and that the protectors from Mauna Kea could be subject to violent removal and arrest. We are writing you all today to ask you to help in whatever way you can, whether it be financially or otherwise, with the protection of Mauna Kea.

While the ASA does not solicit funds for third parties, many of our members are involved in a wide range of efforts to support the kiaʻi (protectors), who have established Puʻuhonua O Puʻuhuluhulu (a place of refuge) at the base of Mauna Kea. They have advised those seeking to supports these efforts to see the following websites for more information:

Posted for ASA Office in Press Releases
Post date: July 31, 2019

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