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Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

BLNR Board Member Had No Conflict of Interest in Vote on Mauna Kea Access Cory Lum/Civil Beat

BLNR Board Member Had No Conflict of Interest in Vote on Mauna Kea Access

An op-ed written by a university law student was simply wrong in accusing former board member Stanley Roehrig of a conflict involving a $15,000 grant funded by the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Land Board Approves Restrictions on Mauna Kea Access Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Land Board Approves Restrictions on Mauna Kea Access

Opponents vow to disobey the rules designed to restore order and allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope to proceed.
Hawaii AG to Provide More Info on Emergency Rule for Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG to Provide More Info on Emergency Rule for Mauna Kea

Attorney General plans to hold a press conference before the Board of Land and Natural Resources meeting Friday.
UH to Decommission Oldest Observatory on Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH to Decommission Oldest Observatory on Mauna Kea

The announcement comes as the state Board of Land and Natural Resources considers new rules to crack down on TMT protestors atop the mountain.
Honolulu to Host World’s Biggest Astronomy Conference in August

Honolulu to Host World’s Biggest Astronomy Conference in August

A tour of Mauna Kea observatories could be canceled if the road is still closed, but most plans are proceeding for the International Astronomical Union conference.
Ige: No Plans to Use National Guard to Reopen Mauna Kea Road Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: No Plans to Use National Guard to Reopen Mauna Kea Road

Hawaii's governor is working with stakeholders to come up with a plan to provide access for the Thirty Meter Telescope construction.
Ige: ‘We Will Do Whatever Is Necessary to Ensure Lawful Access’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: ‘We Will Do Whatever Is Necessary to Ensure Lawful Access’

Hawaii's governor underscores his support for the Thirty Meter Telescope project and its right to proceed.
TMT: Conflict in Context Cory Lum/Civil Beat

TMT: Conflict in Context

The resumption of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea offers a chance to look at the history of astronomy and conflict on the Big Island. How did we get here?
The Projector:  ‘Mutual Respect and Aloha’ on the Mountain, But No Meeting of the Minds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: ‘Mutual Respect and Aloha’ on the Mountain, But No Meeting of the Minds

Despite a handful of arrests, officers and protesters treat each other well. But this week's attempt to resume construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope gets off to a rocky start with boulders strewn across the mountain road, forcing its closure.
Mauna Kea Protesters Arrested as TMT Tries to Resume Construction Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mauna Kea Protesters Arrested as TMT Tries to Resume Construction

UPDATED Construction of the telescope is on hold until further notice after Native Hawaiians and others prevent crews from reaching the project site.
Thirty Meter Telescope Construction to Restart on Wednesday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Thirty Meter Telescope Construction to Restart on Wednesday

Opposition group says it will be "forced to protect the Mauna with our bodies."
UH Ready to Move Quickly on Ige’s Mauna Kea Proposals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Ready to Move Quickly on Ige’s Mauna Kea Proposals

UPDATED: UH President David Lassner and UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney said they are prepared to "stop talking, start doing."