KEPA MALY'S LETTER OF PROTEST
TO GROUP 70 INTERNATIONAL
If you would like to write them regarding Mauna Kea, their email
address is Oda@group70int.com
||October 14, 1999
To: Francis Oda
Group 70 International
From: Kepa Maly
Subject: Reference to and Incorporation of Mauna Kea Historical Research
and Oral History Interviews in planning documents (KPA Report
I have become very concerned about how you are using (or in some cases, not using) the
research and oral history interviews which I prepared for Mauna Kea. Since September 12th
I have received a number of phone calls from people to whom you have presented the
"Mauna Kea Science Reserve and Halepohaku Complex Development Plan Update," and
now, I am told, a "draft EIS." You should be aware, that I have received calls
from native Hawaiians, community and environmental organizations, and members of the
Mauna Kea astronomy community, seeking clarification of what you have been disseminating.
Below, I summarize several key points that cause me concern about your treatment of this
potentially disruptive matter:
First: The primary gist of the calls is that Kepa Malys reports support Group
70s "master plan/development plan update proposals." If that means
expanding from 50 to some 600 acres, and development of 40 or more telescope related
facilities in the summit region of Mauna Kea, you are purposefully misrepresenting the
work I compiled.
Second: The lack of cultural-historical information in the draft "master
plan/development plan update," specifically, the cursory manner in which you have
addressed the information documented in the oral historical study lacks sensitivity and
integrity (I have seen drafts 1 & 2, I understand that a third draft is out). People
are desperately trying to understand the traditions and on-going cultural-spiritual
significance of Mauna Kea.
Nearly every call I receive is asking me "what was actually reported," and
requesting copies of the documentation that you have only minimally disclosed in the
"master plan/development plan update." Such requests are costly to
me. I note that I am not the consultant who received $500,000.00 plus for compilation and
distribution of the information.
Third: I understand that a third draft of the "master plan/development plan
update" has been circulated. If it is substantially different (contains more than two
paragraphs summarizing the nearly 800 pages of research I compiled), professional
ethics/standard practice would include my receiving a copy of the revised work.
Fourth: I have learned that you prepared a "draft EIS" for Mauna Kea that
incorporates the oral history program summary and portions of the research/consultation
documents I prepared. Evidently the work is referenced as having been "prepared for
the EIS." If that statement is made in the "draft EIS," it is untrue. You
may recall that when I (in hind-sight, foolishly) agreed to assist Group 70 in preparing
this work, I was referencing it in association with preparation of an EIS. Francis
specifically told me not to use the term EIS, as I was working on the "master
plan/development plan update."
In the past, every client that I have worked with always provided me with a copy of the
resulting EIS/EA involving me in the EIS development phases to ensure that the
documentation was accurately represented; and asked me to participate in any agency/public
review meetings. The goal being to provide a summary of the documentation reported and
answer questions that might be raised about the work I did. Instead, I only recently
learned that you took the same cultural component of the "master plan/development
plan update" and incorporated it into your "draft EIS." Further more, I am
being called and told that you have been meeting with Hawaiians and other interested
groups, presenting your version of the research I prepared.
In closing, I think back to the MKAC meeting of December 1, 1998, in which Pua Kanahele
looked directly at you and the co-chairs, and asked "Why did you ask us here?
Youve already made up your minds about what you are going to do." I cant
help but think that she had a depth of vision that eluded me. I naively believed that you
would approach this process with cultural sensitivity, integrity, and compassion. The
above observations, along with the recent flack about disclosure of burial sites on Mauna
Kea (via the web) have dismissed any room for sensitivity, integrity, and compassion in
I also guess I should have taken the resignation of your original cultural consultant from
the project as my clue as to how all of this would evolve.
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554 Keonaona Street
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
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