3 arrested for disorderly conduct after protest at state land board meeting

Three people were arrested Friday morning after protesting at a Board of Land and Natural Resources meeting.

The state says the meeting was about to begin when the trio started protesting, calling for the resignation of one of the board members.

Samuel M. Gon III is the board member representing Oahu and fulfills the requirement that one member of the board has “expertise in native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices.”

“At least one member, other than the member with a background in conservation and natural resources, shall have demonstrated expertise in native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices, as provided in section 171-4, to ensure assistance to the board to better administer the public lands and resources with respect to native Hawaiian issues and concerns, the public land trust obligations, and the recognition of native Hawaiian cultural values that are intrinsically tied to the ‘aina.” – Act 104, June 19, 2014

Protesters said they were upset that the board authorized the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, and wanted the board’s “cultural adviser” to step down.

Officials say they refused to quiet down or leave the room.

Officers with the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement carried them out of the building.

Honolulu police arrested them for disorderly conduct.

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