Hawaii land board grants permit to build telescope

2017-09-29 06:47
A file photo shows telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. (AP)

A file photo shows telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Honolulu - Hawaii's land board has approved a construction permit for a giant telescope on a mountain that Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

The board  on Thursday issued its decision in what has become one of the most divisive issues in Hawaii. Supporters of the $1.4bn Thirty Meter Telescope say it will provide educational and economic opportunities, while opponents say it will desecrate the land.

A second round of hearings was necessary after the state Supreme Court invalidated an earlier permit issued by the board.

Protests disrupted a groundbreaking and Hawaiian blessing ceremony in 2014. Construction stopped in 2015 after 31 protesters were arrested for blocking the work.

A second attempt to restart construction a few months later ended with more arrests and crews retreating.

Read more on:    us

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.