- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the request by University of Hawaii’s Hilo campus to replace the hearing officer overseeing Thirty Meter Telescope proceedings (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The retired Big Island judge overseeing construction permit proceedings for the Thirty Meter Telescope is explaining her role in mediating a University of Hawaii dispute.

Lawyers for the university’s Hilo campus are asking for a different hearing officer after learning that Riki May Amano is mediating a matter involving the Manoa campus.

Amano says in documents made public Thursday that two cases are unrelated. She says the Manoa case involves a faculty funding dispute and won’t affect her impartiality in the telescope case.

The land board affirmed Amano’s selection as contested case hearing officer over telescope opponents’ conflict-of-interest complaints that she paid for membership at the Imiloa Astronomy Center.

The university is the permit applicant because it leases the Mauna Kea land from the state.

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12:15 p.m.

Lawyers representing the University of Hawaii’s Hilo campus want a different hearing officer to oversee construction permit proceedings for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

A statement filed with the state land board says the university “with great reluctance” requests replacing retired Big Island judge Riki May Amano as hearing officer.

University spokesman Dan Meisenzahl says officials learned earlier this week that Amano is mediating a matter involving the university’s Manoa campus. Meisenzahl says he can’t reveal details about ongoing mediation.

Amano didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Thursday.

The land board affirmed Amano’s selection as contested case hearing officer over telescope opponents’ conflict-of-interest complaints that she paid for membership at the Imiloa Astronomy Center.

The university is the permit applicant because it leases the Mauna Kea land from the state.

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