Mauna Kea

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Hawaii state officials are debating jurisdiction over the road leading to a contested telescope project, a report said.

Thirty Meter Telescope

Science Returns to Mauna Kea; Puana Family in Debt; Economist Profile: Raj Chetty; UN Report on Climate Change

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Three of the thirteen telescopes on Mauna Kea are set to be decommissioned before the planned Thirty Meter Telescope is built. This could involve relocating one of the telescopes elsewhere on the mountain, and that has its own issues.

Nate Yuen

Images from Mauna Kea of police arresting kupuna or elders and those of protesters chained to a cattle grate  can ellicit strong emotions from many who see them. But for some native Hawaiians, these sights can serve as reminders of past injustices, triggering what the American Psychological Association calls “historical trauma.”

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HILO — University of Hawaii students protesting the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope are expected to have class options allowing them to remain on the mountain, a report said.

Catherine Cruz

TVR, Vacation Rental Citations; Visitors Caught in TVR Crackdown; Mauna Kea Jobs; Hemp Investment

'Oiwi TV

The standoff on Mauna Kea enters week five Monday as protesters continue to block the summit road to prevent construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope. TMT supporters say if the telescope isn’t built, that could jeopardize employment opportunities for islands residents.

Maunakea Observatories

Updated: Aug. 9, 4:32 p.m.

Maunakea Observatories, the group operating the existing telescopes on Mauna Kea, announced plans on Friday to resume "close to full operations as possible," although the main access road to the summit remains blocked by protesters.

Maunakea Observatories have been been closed for three weeks now – resulting in a loss of more than a year’s worth of discoveries. Scientists say unreliable access to telescopes is preventing them from resuming operations on the summit.

 

Catherine Cruz

Kidney Donation and Transplant; Mauna Kea Poll; Rainbow Film Festival; Art Scene Update

Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada / Kanaeokana

Many native Hawaiians who oppose the construction of the planned Thirty-Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea say the mountain is sacred. But what does sacred mean and what is the foundation for that belief? Could we see similar challenges to activities on Haleakalā, Mauna Loa or Kīlauea?

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BARCELONA, Spain  — The director of a Spanish research center says an international consortium that planned to build a giant telescope on Hawaii's tallest peak has decided to seek a permit for an alternative site in the Canary Islands.

Casey Harlow / HPR

A new University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents group will be investigating the school's role in managing Mauna Kea.

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Leadership and TMT; Polls and Polling; Rail Legal Dispute; Wildfire Risk in Hawaii; Transpac: Roy Disney

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TMT, Impacts on the Science; Moving Forward with "Protectors," Authorities; Vacation Rental Impact; Big Island Agriculture Council; The Edge of Paradise, Screening/Photo Exhibit

W. M. Keck Observatory

The telescopes on Mauna Kea are billion-dollar instruments that require daily maintenance to stay in good working order. As access restrictions continue for a third week, many are developing serious problems.

Ryan Finnerty
Ryan Finnerty

Citing changed conditions atop Mauna Kea, Governor David Ige has withdrawn his emergency proclamation. During a press conference, Ige told reporters that the Department of Land and Natural Resources have approved a two year deadline extension to begin construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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Compromise may seem like a long shot for those on all sides of the Thirty-Meter Telescope debate. Media reports, polling data, and statewide demonstrations can simplify a complex topic that continues to divide island communities. But there are folks who have changed their minds over time. Here are their stories.

Thirty Meter Telescope

Updated: July 29, 5:51 p.m.

Some workers have been allowed access to observatories on Mauna Kea in an agreement that also permits Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners to make their way up the mountain, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Monday.

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Pro TMT Rally; Drunk Driving Bill/Maui Traffic Deaths; Deadline on Vacation Rentals; Olelo Hawaii at Conservation Conference; Kalihi Valley Kokua Bike

Ryan Finnerty

Around 300 people gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol on Thursday evening to express their support for the Thirty Meter Telescope. Many said they felt the anti-telescope actions underway on Mauna Kea were obscuring broad support for the project.

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Technicians bound for the Gemini Observatory were stopped by activists from entering Mauna Kea Access Road Tuesday morning, according to Maunakea Observatories, which represents the telescopes currently on the mountain.

Catherine Cruz

TMT's Scientific Community; Healing Kawaiaha`o Church; Waylaying Kauai Tourists; Canoe Regatta

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There are 12 observatories operating 13 telescopes on Mauna Kea. Astronomy workers, who are members of the local community, are struggling to find a balance between pursuing scientific discovery and acknowledging cultural concerns.

Ryan Finnerty
Ryan Finnerty

Updated: July 23, 3:41 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige acknowledged Tuesday that the ongoing protest against the Thirty Meter Telescope planned atop the state's highest mountain is also about addressing the treatment of Native Hawaiians going back more than a century.

Ryan Finnerty / Hawaii Public Radio

A complex network of donations is keeping anti-TMT demonstrators well supplied with food, cold weather clothing, medical supplies, and even sanitation services. The system is making it possible to sustain the protest into the coming weeks.

Dan Dennison/ DLNR

Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place.

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Lieutenant Governor Visits Mauna Kea Protesters

Jul 22, 2019

Updated: July 22, 4:30 p.m.

State officials estimated the crowd on Monday stood at 1,500 people at the site of the protest against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope. There were no arrests.

Officials said when informed by law enforcement officers about alcohol and marijuana use at the site last week, protest leaders said they would patrol the area and ask violators to leave. "Those efforts were successful as officers say there is no longer evidence of alcohol and marijuana use," the state said in a media news release.

Also, those climbing the volcanic cone at Puʻu Huluhulu were advised to take precautions to prevent the spread of Rapid Ohia Death. 

Latest Developments On Mauna Kea TMT Protest

Jul 20, 2019
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Updated: July 21, 5:11 p.m.

About 2,000 people gathered Sunday near the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Mauna Kea Access Road, state officials estimated. There were no arrests as the protest continues against the Thirty Meter Telescope planned near the summit of Mauna Kea.

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