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Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

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.

SLIDESHOW: The Routines Of Life At Mauna Kea Base Camp ronitphoto

SLIDESHOW: The Routines Of Life At Mauna Kea Base Camp

Daily classes, medical care and a food tent: Thirty Meter Telescope opponents of all ages settle in for what could be a long standoff.

Thirty Meter Telescope Supporters: ‘Build It’ AP

Thirty Meter Telescope Supporters: ‘Build It’

As dueling rallies unfold on both sides of the street, TMT backers talk about the project’s scientific and economic benefits.

Dozens Of Astronomy Projects Are On Hold At Empty Observatories AP

Dozens Of Astronomy Projects Are On Hold At Empty Observatories

Authorities and opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope can’t agree on who should be allowed up the Mauna Kea Access Road.

Chad Blair: Putting Harry Kim In Charge May Be Ige’s Best Move In TMT Standoff

Chad Blair: Putting Harry Kim In Charge May Be Ige’s Best Move In TMT Standoff

The Big Island mayor moves much more comfortably among the Mauna Kea protesters than Hawaii’s governor could ever hope to do.

Can The Thirty Meter Telescope Survive Growing Opposition? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can The Thirty Meter Telescope Survive Growing Opposition?

UPDATED: Gov. David Ige’s cabinet members spent most of Monday in meetings to discuss the future of the project planned for Mauna Kea.

Judges Ponder Whether To Halt Ige’s Mauna Kea Emergency Proclamation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judges Ponder Whether To Halt Ige’s Mauna Kea Emergency Proclamation

A ruling is expected Tuesday after a hearing into whether the order violates the rights of a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner.

Politicians Weigh In On TMT Protests As Standoff Continues Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Politicians Weigh In On TMT Protests As Standoff Continues

UPDATED 7/20/2019: From Ed Case to Tulsi Gabbard, from Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, local and national politicians are weighing in on Mauna Kea.