As the contested case hearing over a permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea drew to a close, one of the last witnesses to testify was Mililani Trask, a practicing attorney well known for her involvement in Hawaiian sovereignty movements. Trask testifed on behalf of Joseph Camara, one of the challengers in the contested case.
For years, Trask was the leader – the kia `aina – of Ka Lahui Hawai`i, a movement to build a Hawaiian nation. She was also involved in the Pele Defense Fund when it was protesting the development of geothermal energy on the Big . . .
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