The rules of free speech

October 18, 2013

by Joseph Banks

Over the weekend, the words on the Mauna a Wākea mural were painted over by Ka Leo in what is being called an attempt to censor an important message against the university’s plan to build a 30-meter telescope on Mauna Kea.

According to graduate student and director of the mural Haley Kailiʻehu now covered

mural had several statements as part of the final product including “UH cannot be a Hawaiian place of learning while leading the desecration of Mauna a Wākea,” “Hey UH, Be Accountable,” and “Stop the thirty meter telescope!” Murals are provided as an opportunity for students to showcase their talent as a preview for the Annual Arts Festival hosted by Ka Leo. This recent controversy exposes an issue that questions students’ freedom of speech rights at this university...

Schools: University of Hawaii at Manoa