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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has agreed to hear the ongoing court case involving the Thirty Meter Telescope proposed for Mauna Kea.  Richard Wurdeman, attorney for the Mauna Kea Hui, says this move indicates the court views the issues involved as important for the state.

UH Outlines Path Forward for Mauna Kea

Jun 1, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been one week since Governor David Ige told the University of Hawaii to do a better job of managing land atop Mauna Kea. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with school officials who laid out a tentative plan for future changes on the mountain.

The University of Hawaii's full statement on the management plan for Mauna Kea can be found here.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

25% of the telescopes atop Mauna Kea may come down in the next decade. That’s part of the policy change Governor Ige outlined earlier this week on the future management of the mountain. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more on how this will impact the astronomy community.

Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.

Hawaii Governor David Ige announced his support of the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope and believes the project may proceed with construction. He also laid out his plan for future development on Mauna Kea, calling on the University of Hawai‘i to be better stewards of the land. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on reaction to the Governor’s remarks.

Governor Ige's prepared comments on Mauna Kea:

How The Debate Over TMT Prompted a Problematic Email

May 15, 2015
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The controversial Thirty Meter Telescope has sparked debate in astronomy departments across the country. Apart from the discussion about the protest itself, questions are being raised about diversity within the astronomy community. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes us to one university.

Scientists on TMT: Not Of One Mind

May 7, 2015
Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.

The ongoing debate over the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope has reverberated beyond the state. Among astronomers, the $1.4 billion project planned atop Mauna Kea has been a point of contention. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with a spectrum of opinions and has this report.

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, while astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build a massive, 18-story telescope.

Mauna Kea: a Mountain in Discord

Apr 13, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

While construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope remains stalled for now, protesters of the project continue to hold vigil on Mauna Kea. What happens next remains unclear.

On an overcast morning, caravans of dancers make their way 9,200 feet above sea level, to the site of the protester’s camp, across the street from Mauna Kea’s Visitor Information Center. Many of them are fresh off the stage from Merrie Monarch, the three-day hula competition in Hilo.

Molly Solomon
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

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.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i Governor David Ige has announced a week-long "time out" for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Governor Ige says he came to this decision after speaking with major stakeholders in the project.

Ige says he plans to use this time for discussion with protestors, who have had a presence on the mountain for the past two weeks. Astronomers call Mauna Kea’s summit one of the world’s best places to see the stars. While environmentalists and native Hawaiians say the sacred ground is in need of protection.

Natalie Kurashima

Dozens of arrests were made yesterday on Mauna Kea Access Road. Protesters who oppose the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope have been on the mountain for the past week, blocking access to construction crews. HPR’s Molly Solomon has this update.

Mauna Kea Web Cam
Mauna Kea Web Cam

Blizzard like conditions have delayed construction of one of the world’s largest telescopes. The $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope is being built on the summit of Mauna Kea. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports that snow, ice and heavy winds have put the project on hold.

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