Chancellor’s Message about recent events on Maunakea

Aloha,

Hilo sealI’m sure you’re aware of the recent events on Maunakea prompted by the start of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. These events have greatly affected some members of our University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ‘ohana and others from our island and state.

A healthy university is one that embraces diverse subject matter, wide debate, and constructive argument. At UH Hilo, we respect the right of people to express themselves peacefully. Our respect and aloha for one another will guide us well as we move forward.

Later this week, we will join with Hawai‘i Community College to host a series of events designed to help us understand the varying perspectives and viewpoints about Maunakea (Mauna a Wākea). We believe it is important to provide opportunities for our students, faculty, staff and larger community to gather together and to learn from many sources.

I’ll write to inform you of the events as they are scheduled.

Aloha,

Don Straney