News Release

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Office of Hawaiian Affairs is grateful for the pono outcome of Judge Laubach's ruling August 7, finding Marie Alohalani Brown, Maxine Kahaulelio, Ranette Robinson and Keliʻi W. Ioane not guilty of obstructing Maunakea Access Road.

We extend our deepest aloha to all 38 kūpuna who were arrested for engaging in peaceful, nonviolent protest on that fateful day in July of 2019, and to all nā kiaʻi who have stood in kapu aloha against the continual disregard of Native Hawaiians' legitimate concerns for our sacred spaces and our 'āina aloha.

The 2019 arrests and today’s ruling highlight just another example of how Native Hawaiians have had to continually place their bodies and lives on the line, to protect that which serves as the foundation of our cultural identity and well-being. We look forward to the day when state decisionmakers understand and take seriously the cultural concerns and deep harms that are uniquely felt by Native Hawaiians, arising from government actions impacting the ʻāina and our deeply valued biocultural resources.

In the meantime, Office of Hawaiian Affairs will continue to seek to hold the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi accountable for their longstanding and well-documented mismanagement of Maunakea, through our ongoing lawsuit and other channels of advocacy for the proper stewardship of this sacred mauna.

To learn more about Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ lawsuit and other advocacy on Maunakea, please visit

About the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Established by the state Constitutional Convention in 1978, Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a semi-autonomous state agency mandated to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians. Guided by a board of nine publicly elected trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs fulfills its mandate through advocacy, research, community engagement, land management and the funding of community programs. Learn more at

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