Ali`i Mana`o Nui Lanny Sinkin 7-14-15… “Mauna a Wākea: Some restrictions on faith practice removed”

lanny_sinkin_alii_manao_nui_shield_15The University of Hawai’i announced the reopening of the Mauna Kea Access Road to the public. Based on that announcement, the restrictions placed on religious practice by the Office of Mauna Kea Management — (1) all spiritual practitioners had to be present at 1:00 p.m. to ascend the Mountain, (2) the practitioners were given one hour to complete their prayers and offerings, (3) no more than ten practitioners could ascend the Mountain, (4) practitioners arriving after 1:00 p.m. could be denied access altogether, and (5) a Ranger had to accompany the practitioners — are now removed.

While the most unconstitutional restrictions have been removed, certainly in part because the TRO action was filed in Federal Court, there remain the new restrictions on access between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. that will adversely impact spiritual practitioners and others. I would not be surprised to see the final rules issued by DLNR include some provision for spiritual practitioners to ask permission to access the Mountain during the closure hours.

We are waiting to see the final actions by DLNR and others before deciding on whether to pursue the TRO or withdraw the TRO and move straight to the Preliminary Injunction. If we do move on, we can always refile the TRO if there is a development warranting such an action.

View the related Star Advertiser article, “Summit road reopened, restricted“.


About Ali`i Mana`o Nui Lanny Sinkin

I am Ali`i Mana`o Nui Lanny Sinkin. Ali`i Mana`o Nui was a position created by Queen Liliu'okalani that was not filled before she was overthrown. The kuleana (sacred path) of that position is to speak the truth to the monarch without any fear of punishment. The position is one of trusted advisor and friend. I always thought that the position was a really good one for a monarch to create because people tend to be so deferential that the monarch might not always be told the full truth for fear of offending. I have no such restrictions placed on me. The King and I have worked closely together for eight or nine years now. When the King agreed to assume the position of King, he immediately set about to achieve the goal of full independence. Over the years, he and I have produced numerous documents addressing a broad range of issues (found at The most important is the one that the King wrote which records the vision and plan for the restored nation. I consider myself to have a sacred responsibility to provide my best advice to the King at all times.
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