Roehrig Claims “No Involvement Whatsoever” Yet Provides Proof Contrary:

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Mehana Kihoi filed a challenged PUEO’s right to participate, saying in her motion that the group “cannot demonstrate that it will be directly and immediately affected by the requested action” and that “their support for enhanced educational opportunities through the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope… is not a ‘right distinguishable from the general public’.” (8/7/2016 Big Island Video News)

Previously, on August 5, 2016 “Participant Mehana Kihoi asserted the non-profit group [PUEO] in favor of the Thirty Meter Telescope is not entitled to standing, but the hearing officer denied the motion.” (BIVN)

HOWEVER, a document submitted today on behalf  Stanley H. Roehrig, Hawaii Island Representative, Board of Land and Natural Resources, asppears to prove Hearing Officer Amano is blatantly incorrect in denial of Kihoiʻs motion.

No party, save those supporting the re-permitting of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), benefits from Kihoi’s motion being unjustly denied, and that being the case, this appears to build even stronger support for idea that this contested case is being rushed and is in fact facilitating a pre-determined outcome, namely a permit to build for the TMT.

Stanley H. Roehrig, submitted a so-called disclosure dated today, September 30, 2016, claiming he has “no involvement of any nature whatsoever with PUEO, Inc.”

However in the same so-called disclosure he makes statements contrary, and in fact shows a long history of close association with P.U.E.O. members:

“I have known both attorneys Lincoln Ashida and Newton Chu for a number of years”

“I have known Shadd Kealu Warfleld since 2002 . . . he became a paddler at Keaukaha Canoe Club and also a volunteer at the Keaukaha One Youth Development (KOYD)”

“KOYD was conceived by Jimmy Nani’ole of Hilo, then President of the Keaukaha Canoe Club supported him in his efforts. Keahi Warfield eventually became Executive Director of KOYD after Jimmy Nani‘ole stepped down as President of the Keaukaha Canoe Club and KOYD. My wife and I were volunteers on the board of KOYD until March, 2015, when we resigned. KOYD has its after school program next door to our house at the former Doc Hill premises, which is presently owned by me, my wife, and our three children as a Limited Liability Family Partnership called“Makana Kai LLFP.”

“KOYD also leases a 60-acre parcel (BOC Document No. Doc A-50930413) ( T M K 3-8-7‐ 013:063) in Opihihale, Kona for camping trips and shoreline fishing on at least a quarterly basis until 2018.”

“I have known Richard Ha for a number of years. Richard’s father was my client until he died”

Recently Big Island News Television reported that on August 5, 2016,:

“Mehana Kihoi filed a challenged PUEO’s right to participate, saying in her motion that the group “cannot demonstrate that it will be directly and immediately affected by the requested action” and that “their support for enhanced educational opportunities through the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope… is not a ‘right distinguishable from the general public’.”

PUEO confuses the issues by asserting standing solely based on their Native Hawaiian ancestry and their status as cultural practitioners,” Kihoi wrote. “The construction of TMT does not protect or preserve customary and traditional rights.”

Kihoi also asserted in her filing that PUEO takes “substantially the same position” as the applicant University of Hawaii-Hilo, and to admit PUEO will not add “any new relevant information.”

Kihoi also raised a concern over an alleged conflict of interest with BLNR and UHH, in particular, business ties PUEO members may have to land board member Stanley Roehrig.”

See highlighted sections from document 295 entitled “Notice of Disclosure of Board Member Stanley H. Roehrig re CDUA HA-2568 (Thirty Meter Telescope); COS” submitted by the law firm, Bickerton Dang. The following is an excerpt from Roehrig’s so-called disclosure asserting instead a discrepancy with Amano’s decision seeming to assert Roehrig has no possibility of conflict of interest. The system remains broken:

(4) Party/Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities, Inc (PUEO), Inc.

(a) I have known both attorneys Lincoln Ashida and Newton Chu for a number of years as fellow members of the Hawai‘i Bar Association. I believe they are both partners of the Torkildson, Katz et al. law firm. In 2015, Lincoln Ashida, of that firm, was co-counsel for the Defense in a major personal injury case here on the Big Island. Bickerton, Dang, LLLP, of which I am Of Council, represented the Plaintiffs, a Chinese family from Puna. On the eve of the trial in April 2015, the case was sent to mediation by the Third Circuit Trial Court. Judge Amano (Ret.) was the mediator. A mediated resolution was reached in about June, 2015. (See also: “Interactions with Judge Amano”).

(b) I have known Shadd Kealu Warfleld since 2002. We were students together at the Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elikōlani, College of Hawai‘ian Language at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He graduated a year or two before me. I graduated in 2005. In approximately 2006 or 2007, he became a paddler at Keaukaha Canoe Club and also a volunteer at the Keaukaha One Youth Development (KOYD), a 501(c) (3) public charity in Keaukaha.

(c) KOYD was conceived by Jimmy Nani’ole of Hilo, then President of the Keaukaha Canoe Club, to provide support to at-risk local youth, principally in the Keaukaha‐ Pana‘ewa Hawai‘ian Homes area. I supported him in his efforts. Keahi Warfield eventually became Executive Director of KOYD after Jimmy Nani‘ole stepped down as President of the Keaukaha Canoe Club and KOYD. My wife and I were volunteers on the board of KOYD until March, 2015, when were signed. KOYD has its after school program next door to our house at the former Doc Hill premises, which is presently owned by me, my wife, and our three children as a Limited Liability Family Partnership called“Makana Kai LLFP.” Since approximately 2014, KOYD has been paying a portion of the maintenance and upkeep on the premises. The youth program generally meets four to five afternoons a week at the premises.

The program also has a lease (BOC Document No. Doc A-509304I4) (TMK: 3-2-014: 033, 055, 056, 057) across the street from the Doc Hill premises until 2018. The educational uses include farming, canoe carving, and canoe restoration.

KOYD also leases a 60-acre parcel (BOC Document No. Doc A-50930413) ( T M K 3-8-7‐ 013:063) in Opihihale, Kona for camping trips and shoreline fishing on at least a quarterly basis until 2018.

(d) I have known Richard Ha for a number of years. Richard’s father was my client until he died. His father was a chicken farmer in the Pana‘ewa farm lots area.

(e) I have had no involvement of any nature whatsoever with PUEO, Inc. I was not involved in its incorporation nor have I been involved in any of its ongoing operations or decision making.

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