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New Mauna Kea Stewards Will Need To Balance Astronomy And Cultural Values Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

New Mauna Kea Stewards Will Need To Balance Astronomy And Cultural Values

Some members of the new panel, including former TMT protesters, may find their values challenged now that they have a vote over what happens to Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

US Environmental Study Launched For Thirty Meter Telescope AP Photo/Caleb Jones/2015

US Environmental Study Launched For Thirty Meter Telescope

The National Science Foundation also said it plans to host four meetings on the Big Island in August as it decides on whether to fund the project.

National Panel Recommends Federal Funding For The Thirty Meter Telescope TMT International Observatory

National Panel Recommends Federal Funding For The Thirty Meter Telescope

Updated: But the researchers said that funding should be contingent on better engagement with Native Hawaiians on Mauna Kea and other conditions.

New University of Hawaii Astronomy Director Seeks Balance On Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

New University of Hawaii Astronomy Director Seeks Balance On Mauna Kea

Doug Simons is taking over the Institute for Astronomy at a critical time for the agency and for astronomy in the state.

Former Big Island Mayor Charged With Ethics Violations Over TMT Protest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Big Island Mayor Charged With Ethics Violations Over TMT Protest

But Mayor Harry Kim won’t be subject to the charges since he has already left office.

Hawaii County Races:  Mitch Roth Wins The Mayor’s Race Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii County Races: Mitch Roth Wins The Mayor’s Race

Voters also chose County Council members and decided the fate of numerous charter amendments.

TMT Protest Camp Packs Up Due To COVID-19 Screenshot: Pu’uhonua O Pu’uhuluhulu

TMT Protest Camp Packs Up Due To COVID-19

Camp elders promised to return if construction is planned to resume.

Hawaii Thirty Meter Telescope Cost Estimate Increases To $2.4 Billion Courtesy TMT

Hawaii Thirty Meter Telescope Cost Estimate Increases To $2.4 Billion

Telescope project developers blamed the cost increase on construction delays including protests that have blocked construction for months.

Japan Suspends Annual Funding For Thirty Meter Telescope Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

Japan Suspends Annual Funding For Thirty Meter Telescope Project

Japan is part of an international consortium backing the embattled project.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Civic Consciousness Is A Grind Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat/2019

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Civic Consciousness Is A Grind

State lawmakers shouldn’t create a special commission to resolve Native Hawaiian issues if it’s just a poorly veiled cover for finding a solution for Mauna Kea.