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The University of Hawaiʻi issued the following statement on the Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state Board of Land and Natural Resources’ sublease between UH and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory.

“The University of Hawaiʻi is pleased with the State Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in the Kalani Flores vs. Board of Land and Natural Resources matter announced today. It is a significant step forward in what has been a very long and important process, and we eagerly await the court’s decision on the conservation district use permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope. Regardless of what happens, UH stands fully committed to collaborative stewardship that demonstrates Maunakea as an inspiring and harmonious global model for culture, the environment and groundbreaking scientific discovery coming together synergistically for the benefit of all.”

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