Lā 110:UH reopens Mauna Kea summit road, without emergency rules in place Only four-wheel drive vehicles allowed access
KITV 4 6:17 PM HST Jul 13, 2015
HONOLULU —The Mauna Kea summit access road reopened to four-wheel vehicles at 3 p.m. Monday, but all indications are it won’t be open for long. "We are looking at what rules need to be place to ensure there can be safe access to the summit for all users." said Gov. David Ige.
As the governor’s staff was planning to review emergency rules to restrict access at night,
Hawaii Country police charged a Pahoa woman with obstruction and criminal property damage.
Cynthia Vershuur Marlin, 47 allegedly wouldn’t take no for an answer.
She allegedly damaged a ranger's vehicle with the car she was driving when she was blocked from the summit.
Marlin was released on $500 bail and is to appear in court on August 20th.
This incident cames on the heels of threats by protestors who want to block the construction of the 30-Meter Telescope.
At Friday's marathon land board hearing telescope opponents vowed to defy the emergency rules.
Gov Ige made it clear the state intends to enforce the law.
"We are preparing plans for whatever may end up occurring,”
When pressed if those plans would include the Hawaii National Guard, the governor said, “If need be. There are no explicit plans at this point, but certainly."
The University of Hawaii decided to reopen the road to the summit
late Monday after completing its inspection of the areas where boulders were dislodged by protestors.
Spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said there is still some safety concern with
a hairpin turn in the road between the visitor center and the summit, but work to shore up the area will take longer than expected.
He says that work will be done later.
Meanwhile, the governor says the state will be toeing the line on the new restrictions.
"We do intend to enforce state law and rules so we are making sure everyone understands. The board took action last Friday so we are preparing educational material that we will begin distributing for all those wanting to access the summit,"
The governor intended to sign the rules into law Monday, but at the close of business his office said the DLNR had not sent the rules over.
The rules become into law once they have been filed at the lieutenant governor's office.
Photo Kuʻuipo Freitas