Ben Kudo

Newly appointed Board of Regents Chair Benjamin Kudo listens to public testimonies, which centered around opposition to Thirty Meter Telescope construction, during a Board of Regents meeting on August 2. 

University of Hawai'i Board of Regents Chairman Benjamin Kudo released an open letter about Maunakea, calling for the university and its president to lead efforts in resolving the Thirty Meter Telescope issue on the mountain.

The letter was posted on Monday and noted that it represents his personal views, and was not a statement by the Board of Regents. 

"At our University of Hawaiʻi, voices on both sides of the Thirty Meter Telescope issue have vigorously advocated for their respective positions. I have heard the frustrations, I have felt the torn hearts, and I have seen the divisiveness personally," Kudo wrote. 

Kudo said that he plans to put action items on the BOR's agenda, which includes directing UH President David Lassner "to make the pursuit of a resolution of this conflict his top priority, and for the university to lead this effort."

Last month, the BOR created a Permitted Interaction Group. The PIG will investigate issues relating to the stewardship and management of Maunakea and will report findings to the board. 

The BOR also postponed its decision on Chapter 20-26, Hawai‘i Administrative Rules, titled "Public and Commercial Activities on Mauna Kea Lands," for the third time. The decision was originally on July 18's agenda before being postponed to Aug. 22, then Aug. 30 and now Nov. 6.

The meeting will take place at UH West O'ahu at 9 a.m.