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Herds of wild cows on the slopes of Mauna Kea are contributing to rapid ohia death and spreading invasive species, the department says.
Astronomers believe there are great discoveries to be made “out there,” whereas Hawaiians believe there are equally great discoveries to be made right here.
They’re planning to meet with the president of a foundation established by Gordon and Betty Moore that pledged $250 million to the project.
Opponents want the Hawaii Supreme Court to reverse an earlier 4-1 vote clearing the way for the $1.4 billion Mauna Kea project.
The Thirty Meter Telescope can take Hawaii and the world to the farthest reaches of the universe.
The university wants to keep private vehicles off the summit and require permits for big gatherings.
Justice Michael Wilson said he didn’t read the messages from Sam Gon, a member of the state board that approved the telescope project.
The ruling prevents another contested case hearing, but a construction permit appeal is still pending before the court.
Opponents say a state appeals judge had a conflict of interest when she granted a permit for the project.
Here’s a quick look at the islands’ active and inactive volcanoes.