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State board to decide on giant telescope

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:17 a.m. HST, Jun 13, 2014

HONOLULU >> Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources is set to make a key decision on the future of a giant telescope.

The state board is scheduled to vote on the sublease for the Thirty Meter Telescope on Friday. 

If approved, scientists will be cleared to begin building the $1.3 billion telescope. They hope to begin construction later this year and start operations in 2021.

Organizers plan to build the telescope on the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano, the highest peak in Hawaii. 

The project was initiated by several American and Canadian universities. Universities and institutions in China, India and Japan later signed on as partners.

Some Native Hawaiians oppose the project because they believe it would defile a summit they consider sacred. Environmentalists also oppose the telescope.

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Kaluu wrote:
I'm sure Holy Science will triumph over mere aesthetics, as it had for decades on that mountain. Doesn't matter anymore anyway as Hawaii rockets headlong into trashing everywhere--not just on mountaintops. Far more outrageous than view marring was the local demand for free-for-all fishing and importation of noxious plant and animal species. Might as well put some hotels up there where the air is so pure and the view magnificent. Great volcano viewing, too, when neighboring Mokuaweoweo puts on a show.
on June 13,2014 | 05:08AM
whs1966 wrote:
The outcome is predetermined, just like the outcomes of the HCDA. Oh, yes, people will testify against the project, but this proposed telescope--and more like it--will be built.
on June 13,2014 | 05:37AM
eleu808 wrote:
To allow the bulldozers and dynamite to build this outdated eyesore on Conservation Zoned land is criminal. Why have zoning laws at all if this is the case. With enough hush money, anyone can build anything on Conservation Land. Hubble Telescopes take way better pictures of deep space than any land based telescope can without bulldozing the earth.
on June 13,2014 | 09:44AM
DiverDave wrote:
No doubt about it. King Kalakaua would have wholeheartedly approved.
on June 13,2014 | 10:09AM
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