The 15-member working group has until December to come up with a new management structure for Mauna Kea.
But proponents hope the group could still be Hawaii’s best chance at building consensus over the future of a mountain considered sacred by many.
Details on a new governance committee proposed by the Hawaii House speaker that would investigate a new management structure have yet to be seen.
Voters also chose County Council members and decided the fate of numerous charter amendments.
Telescope project developers blamed the cost increase on construction delays including protests that have blocked construction for months.
Japan is part of an international consortium backing the embattled project.
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.
A reconciliation process being offered by legislative leaders is a way forward. But lawmakers need to act decisively and soon.