State subpoenas Hawaiian affairs agency’s protest support

HILO — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says the state attorney general’s office is demanding information about how the agency is supporting protesters blocking construction of a giant telescope.

OHA spokesman Sterling Wong says the attorney general’s office subpoenaed the agency to provide documents related to efforts to ensure safety and welfare of beneficiaries on Maunakea.

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The semi-autonomous state agency is tasked with improving the conditions of Native Hawaiians.

Thirty Meter Telescope opponents have been blocking the mountain’s access road since July.

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Wong says the agency is inclined to cooperate if the scope and purpose of the requests are legitimate.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports attorney general spokesman Krishna Jayaram declined to release a copy of the subpoena.

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