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Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

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.

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.