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                                “Lei Ana Maunakea i ke Aloha ‘Oia‘i‘o” by Lehuanani Keali‘inohomoku
Island Mele: Keali‘inohomoku co-pens Hoku Award finalist

Leihuanani Keali‘inohomoku sang on a Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning compilation album several years ago. She returns this time as a singer-songwriter with this mele kue (song of resistance) in support of the anti-TMT struggle on Mauna Kea. Read more

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                                An artist’s rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope against a backdrop of other Mauna Kea telescopes.
Claim that TMT needs performance bond alive on appeal

Foes of the stalled Thirty Meter Telescope are appealing to Hawaii’s appellate court in hopes of overturning a lower court rejection of their argument that the project requires a substantial security bond before starting construction. Read more

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                                Big Island Mayor Harry Kim.
TMT truce might be extended 2 months

Hawaii Mayor Harry Kim has asked the Thirty Meter Telescope for a two-month extension of the current moratorium that has kept the peace on Mauna Kea over the last few months. Read more

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                                The Ige administration has reported spending about $15 million on law enforcement operations to cope with protests on Mauna Kea. Leaders of the anti-TMT protest spoke with a local law enforcement officer in December.
House cuts funding for TMT enforcement from state budget

House lawmakers approved a rough draft of the new state operating budget Tuesday that cut more than $65 million in funding that Gov. David Ige requested for law enforcement operations to cope with disturbances such as the ongoing protests over the Thirty Meter Telescope, according to House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke. Read more

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