‘House of the Sun’ getting crowded

PUKALANI – For nearly a decade, the “line in the lava” – as Kahu Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr. put it
recently – has been clearly delineated over the National Science Foundation’s proposed 143-foot-tall solar telescope near the summit of Haleakala.

Native cultural preservationists and Haleakala purists oppose the $161 million Advanced Technology Solar Telescope as sacrilegious, unnecessary and flat-out insensitive and ugly. Finish Reading: ‘House of the Sun’ getting crowded


Articles, Papers & News

May 2009 newsletter from National Park Service/ Haleakala National Park
(see page 2 for the information on NEPA meetings on June 3 and 4 and for contact information to send their comments on the Draft Envioronmental Impact Statement. In addition, page 3 is a really good summary of what the 106 meetings are about and also information on the 106 meetings June 8, 9 and 10. )

Haleakala Getting Crowded  backup

Haleakala Solar Telescope a Desecration

Haleakalā – The Sacred House of the Sun (Comments on DEIS)

Professor (Emeritus) Dick Mayer (Comments on DEIS)

University of Hawai`i Environmental Center (Comments on DEIS)

Ed Lindsey’s Letter (Comments on DEIS)

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (Comments on DEIS)

Friends of Haleakalā Position Statement

Hawaiians continue to protest solar telescope  (Maui News)

Haleakala National Park Opposes Solar Telescope (Maui News)

Seeker of knowledge suggests moving solar telescope

Friends of national park oppose site of solar telescope

UH Press Release Describing Telescope

Haleakala Solar Telescope Desecration

Maui News May 21, 2009

Emerson Earl considers small roadside shrines “trash” (Letters, April 14) but declaims that a 20 story concrete eyesore on top of Haleakala is “appropriate” (Letters, May 17). He goes on to spout a lot of grandiose but meaningless words about the proposed telescope.

I don’t have a strong opinion on the telescope. But then, I am not Hawaiian. I listen to Hawaiian friends and relatives when they tell me that this is a desecration and culturally inappropriate. Only a very ungracious guest of Maui would ignore their words and trample our hosts’ sacred place. Finish Reading: Haleakala Solar Telescope Desecration

Panelists Discuss the Clash of Cultures and Land Ownership on Hawaii’s Sacred Peaks

‘The law of Aloha is in the land.’ Kealoha Pisciotta

Respect for Kanaka Maoli Spiritual Practices

Panelists explained that from a kanaka maoli perspective, the summit of Haleakala is considered ‘wao akua,’or the realm of the gods. The very lands of Haleakala are seen by many as the kinolau (physical manifestation) of the sacred goddess Pele, a place that should be regarded as a temple. Finish Reading: Panelists Discuss the Clash of Cultures and Land Ownership on Hawaii’s Sacred Peaks

Maui Cultural Lands Testimony

Maui Cultural Lands, Inc.
1087-A Pookela Road
Makawao, Hi 96568

It is with great concern that many of us Kanaka Maoli are compelled to give testimony against a project that is so destructive to the well being of the Hawaiian culture and its sacred sites. The building of the solar telescope needs to be addressed at four levels: legal, physical, political, and cultural. Finish Reading: Maui Cultural Lands Testimony