Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope protesters vow to stay, despite construction resuming | Pacific Beat

Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope protesters vow to stay, despite construction resuming

Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope protesters vow to stay, despite construction resuming

Updated 29 May 2015, 12:38 AEST

Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea is set to continue despite a wave of protest, after Governor David Ige announced his reluctant support for the project.

But the Governor is insisting on major changes to stewardship of the mountain which is held sacred by indigenous Hawaiians.

The leaseholder, The University of Hawaii, will have to decommission at least three or four of the 13 telescopes already on Mauna Kea, by the time TMT is ready to go into operation.

The university is also required to make a commitment that no more land on the mountain will be set aside for non-cultural reasons.

So is it some sort of victory for the protesters or a defeat? Kahookahi Hanuha's is one of their spokesmen.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Kahookai Hanuha, a Thirty Meter Telescope protestor

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