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Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

This Is What Scientists Would Be Missing If The TMT Doesn’t Go On Mauna Kea NASA/JPL-Caltech

This Is What Scientists Would Be Missing If The TMT Doesn’t Go On Mauna Kea

Scientists are already jockeying for time slots for ambitious research projects on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope and another giant telescope being constructed in Chile.

Danny De Gracia: Has Gov. Ige Completely Lost Control? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Has Gov. Ige Completely Lost Control?

His handling of the TMT standoff exhibits paralysis and policy schizophrenia. Instead of confidence, we see chaos.

Neal Milner: How State Leaders Hung TMT Supporters Out To Dry Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: How State Leaders Hung TMT Supporters Out To Dry

Their botched handling of the Mauna Kea telescope project ought to make us all cynical about Hawaii’s ability to manage any big, new projects.

Sterling Higa: The Social Media Movement Behind The Mauna Kea Protests

Sterling Higa: The Social Media Movement Behind The Mauna Kea Protests

Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms are vital for activists behind the protests, whether it’s bolstering turnout or raising money.

Civil Beat Poll: Strong Support For TMT But Little Love For Ige

Civil Beat Poll: Strong Support For TMT But Little Love For Ige

Two-thirds of Hawaii voters polled want the telescope built on Mauna Kea. But Native Hawaiians and residents under 50 were more likely to oppose the project.

TMT Backers Seek Permit For Alternative Canary Islands Site Courtesy TMT

TMT Backers Seek Permit For Alternative Canary Islands Site

The director of the Spanish astrophysics institute said the Canary Islands site still remains only a backup to placing the TMT on Mauna Kea.

UH Group To Study Mauna Kea Management Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Group To Study Mauna Kea Management

The six-member task force will report to the Board of Regents.

Fact-Checking Environmental Concerns About The Thirty Meter Telescope Courtesy of the Thirty Meter Telescope

Fact-Checking Environmental Concerns About The Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT officials say the world’s largest telescope will be a zero-waste facility, while the state has determined  it doesn’t pose a risk to the Big Island’s water supply.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It Took A Crisis To Bring Hawaiians Back Together Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It Took A Crisis To Bring Hawaiians Back Together

What’s happening at Mauna Kea is a form of nation-building, and its value supersedes whatever the Thirty Meter Telescope could accomplish.

Do Negotiations Offer A Way Forward On Mauna Kea? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do Negotiations Offer A Way Forward On Mauna Kea?

The TMT conflict can seem irreconcilable. Mediation experts and others weigh in on possible strategies for getting people to the table and resolving these types of disputes.

Mauna Kea Protests Leave Observatory Workers Trapped In The Middle Courtesy of Michael Aina

Mauna Kea Protests Leave Observatory Workers Trapped In The Middle

Many telescope staffers are frustrated by not being able to work, but they understand where the protesters are coming from.

Mayor Kim: Hawaiian Leaders Want To Meet Again On Telescope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayor Kim: Hawaiian Leaders Want To Meet Again On Telescope

Many of the leaders the Big Island mayor talked with Monday were from Oahu. He met earlier with the protesters at Mauna Kea Access Road.