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                                Native Hawaiian activists pray at the base of Mauna Kea.
State seeks end to strife over astronomy

For more than 50 years, telescopes and the needs of astronomers have dominated the summit of Mauna Kea, a mountain sacred to many Native Hawaiians that is also one of the finest places in the world to study the night sky. Read more

                                Walter Ritte, right, listened as his attorney Dexter Kaiama, left, spoke on his behalf at the Hilo Courthouse in 2019 on his charges related to the Mauna Kea protests. Ritte, an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee and a group of Mauna Kea protesters will have to wait until April 29 to see whether charges can be refiled.
Cases dismissed for Mauna Kea kupuna

Twenty-nine elders who were arrested on Mauna Kea during the 2019 protest to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope had their cases dismissed Friday in District Court. Read more

Critical Hawaii issues face deadlines, uncertainty in 2022

Rough deadlines are in place for critical issues to be dealt with in 2022, but much uncertainty remains over what will happen with COVID-19, development on Mauna Kea, elections for every House and Senate seat, and the future of the city’s troubled rail project. Read more

                                The “pre-final” master plan for University of Hawaii-managed lands on Mauna Kea limits the number of decommissioned sites that would be considered for nonastronomy development, such as parking and gathering places, to no more than two sites on the summit ridge and one elsewhere.
Adjustments made to Mauna Kea master plan

The “pre-final” master plan for University of Hawaii-managed lands on Mauna Kea clarifies a commitment that none of the five sites where observatories are to be removed by the end of 2033 will be used for future astronomy operations. Read more

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