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Was Telescope Hearing Officer A Victim Of Political Pressure?

·By civilbeat

That’s been a question at the heart of an ongoing battle between the University of Hawaii, the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Native Hawaiian groups. The Native Hawaiian groups have challenged a permit for UH’s new multi-million-dollar telescope slated for Haleakala. The DLNR hearing officer in the case has complained publicly that he was pressured to approve the permit by U.S. Sen Daniel Inouye’s staff.

He was fired, and the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation ended up going to court to win release of emails and other correspondence between the

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