Statement by the University of Hawaiʻi on the Board of Land and Natural Resources decision to approve the application for a permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Maunakea.

The University of Hawaiʻi thanks the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the hearing officer for all of their diligence and hard work on this second contested case. The university first applied for this permit seven years ago, and we believe this decision and the underlying vote represent a fitting and fair reflection of an issue that has divided many in the community who care deeply about Maunakea.

Maunakea is precious to all of Hawaiʻi, and we know that science and culture can synergistically coexist there, now and into the future. We have a solid foundation to build on with the plans that have been developed and the work that has been done thanks to the dedication of the Office of Maunakea Management and the volunteer community members who have served on the Mauanakea Management Board and the Kahu Kū Mauna council over the past 17 years.

We know we have more to do, and we stand firmly committed to collaboratively build a global model of harmonious and inspirational stewardship that is befitting of the amazing cultural, natural, educational and scientific traditions and resources of Maunakea.

Read the full report of the Board of Land and Natural Resources decision (PDF).

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  1. It is unfortunate that it is still perceived by educated persons that the Hawaiians have do a culture but do not have science.

  2. !25 years of desecration and continuing and since 1920 Hawaiian Homestead Act 97 years ago have not kept it’s obligation. But the immigrants who control the University of Hawai’i and the fake State of Hawai’i without a treaty of annexation push for their agendas and are crying. While the population is exceeding 1.4 million in Hawai’i with more to come and they have concerns of a telescope being held up because they did not follow the laws they wrote to protect conservation land and process of obtaining a permit were not filed properly and this scientist group blaming the aboriginal native Hawaiian instead of themselves? How does one make a commonsense judgement when U of H Leadership are the one’s who broke the law. Show me the “Treaty of Annexation” between the Hawaiian Kingdom and the United States of America then we talk about TMT telescope. Obey the laws and be honest and respect the sacredness of our Ancestor who were here before you from the time of the Kumu Lipo that is taught at U of H Hawaiian Studies?. Have concerns of the over development and the infrastructure busting at the seams. The lost of quality of life has increesed crimes, homeless and cost of living beyond the average USA level. A’ole TMT.

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