The University of Hawaiʻi’s response to recent media reports that the Thirty Meter Telescope is now exploring alternative sites as a “Plan B” if it can’t build in Hawaiʻi:
The University of Hawaiʻi remains steadfast in our support for locating the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaiʻi. The project is a tremendous scientific and economic opportunity for Hawaiʻi Island and the state. It will be a cornerstone of the next generation of astronomy in Hawaiʻi, one of the anchors of our research and innovation enterprise. TMT is also providing educational, scholarship and STEM support for Hawaiʻi Island schools and substantial resources for improved stewardship of Maunakea. UH was the original permit applicant for the project and will be deeply involved in the upcoming Land Board proceedings, as we have been throughout the process to date.