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Some Native Hawaiians see project as important cultural link

  • DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Protesters of the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea continued their occupation on the snowy slopes of Hawaii island earlier this month. Although the opposition has gained momentum, there are Native Hawaiians who support the project.
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    As a Hawaiian, I recognize I am a descendant of some of the best naked-eye astronomers the world has known. It is culturally consistent to advocate for Hawaiian participation in a field of science that continues to enable that tradition and a field in which we ought to lead.”
    Kalepa Baybayan
    Master navigator with the Polynesian Voyaging Society

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