TMT Opponents Urge OHA to Rescind Support for Telescope

Apr 9, 2015

TMT opponent Liko Martin testifies in song before the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees.
Credit Molly Solomon

Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope planned for Mauna Kea brought their concerns to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Thursday.

A handful of protesters asked the Board of Trustees to rescind support for the $1.3 billion project. ‘Ilima Long is with the organization MANA, or Movement for Aloha No ka Aina

Credit Molly Solomon

In 2009, OHA’s board unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the TMT. And last July, trustees decided not to file a request for a contested case hearing in opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope sublease.

Some OHA board members said they plan to visit Mauna Kea this weekend. But Trustee Colette Machado said the board still needs more time to review all the information and legal challenges before taking an official position. The next OHA Board meeting is scheduled for April 23rd.