The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents will move its meeting on its decision on the proposed administrative rules for University of Hawai'i managed lands on Maunakea to UH Hilo on Nov. 6.
The special meeting was originally scheduled to be held at UH West O'ahu. The move to UH Hilo is to provide more opportunity and participation from the community most impacted by the proposed administrative rules.
The proposed rules will be publicly shared and posted in advance of the meeting to provide the public an ample amount of time to read and provide written and oral in-person testimony.
A minimum six-day notification is required and UH will announce when the rules are available for review. The BOR meeting agenda will also be posted with the exact time and location of the meeting, at least six days prior.
Section 20-26-1 of the proposed Maunakea administrative rules is to “provide for the proper use, management, and protection of cultural, natural, and scientific resources of the UH management areas; to promote public safety and welfare by regulating public and commercial activity within the UH management areas; to ensure safe and appropriate access to the UH management areas for the public; and to foster co-management with the department of land and natural resources in UH management areas.”
At the BOR meeting, the regents could adopt the latest draft, or request a third round of formal public hearings on a new set of draft rules that are different from the current draft or defer its decision.