Hawaii’s Chief Justice Worked With Environmentalists While Handling Climate Case

FILE - This photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the inside of the summit crater of the Kilauea Volcano, Jan. 6, 2023. Hawaii's second-largest volcano is likely to resume erupting soon after a three-month hiatus. The U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday, March 11, 2023, that a shallow earthquake storm had been detected under the summit of Kilauea. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)
  • The chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court acknowledged he collaborated with a nonprofit environmental group to discuss climate litigation as he prepares to hear an appeal in Honolulu’s lawsuit against the energy industry.
  • In a brief notice filed earlier this month, Justice Mark Recktenwald gave parties until Friday to object to his participation in the case.
  • Environmental Policy Advocates, a group opposed to climate litigation, had requested information about the judge’s involvement with the Environmental Law Institute, a nonprofit that says it educates “thousands of professionals” and judges yearly about environmental issues.