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Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

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."
Pod Squad: What’s Next for Mauna Kea?

Pod Squad: What’s Next for Mauna Kea?

Gov. David Ige wants the University of Hawaii to provide better stewardship of Mauna Kea. Meanwhile, telescope opponents aren't going away.
Hawaii County Prosecutor to Dismiss Charges Against Some TMT Protestors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii County Prosecutor to Dismiss Charges Against Some TMT Protestors

The Associated Press reported that the prosecutor plans to drop charges against about 10 people who were charged with trespassing on Mauna Kea.
Ige Supports Construction of TMT, Asks UH to Better Manage Mauna Kea Hawaii State Governor's Office

Ige Supports Construction of TMT, Asks UH to Better Manage Mauna Kea

UPDATE: University of Hawaii President David Lassner agrees stewardship of the mountain can be improved.
OHA Board Rescinds Support for Thirty Meter Telescope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Board Rescinds Support for Thirty Meter Telescope

But the trustees decline to go on record as opposing the $1.4 billion project.