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Astronomers believe there are great discoveries to be made “out there,” whereas Hawaiians believe there are equally great discoveries to be made right here.
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.
Recesses in a public floor session to talk privately about the legislative maneuvering slow down “second crossover” day at the Hawaii Capitol.
The state is decades behind in awarding land to Native Hawaiians on Mauna Kea and elsewhere under the state homestead act.
The bill would limit the number of telescopes on the mountaintop and authorize the new manager to renegotiate leases and permits pertaining to the mountain.
Updated: The legal action follows a ruling allowing the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward on a mountain considered deeply sacred by many Native Hawaiians.
UPDATED: Plans for the $1.4 billion telescope have caused bitter divisions, with some Native Hawaiians saying it will desecrate Mauna Kea.