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Hawaii Can Subpoena Nonprofit to Examine Tax-Exempt Status (1)

Sept. 22, 2021, 7:12 PMUpdated: Sept. 22, 2021, 9:09 PM

The Hawaii attorney general can subpoena financial records from a nonprofit group opposed to development on the Mauna Kea summit to determine if it is violating its tax-exempt status, the state Supreme Court said.

Kahea, an environmental group, failed to show the subpoena was retaliatory or restricted the group’s right to free speech, the court said Tuesday. The group sought to quash the subpoena, claiming the attorney general’s investigation came in retaliation for protests that blocked the road leading to a construction site for a new astronomical observatory on the mountain.

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