OHA Rescinds Support for Thirty Meter Telescope

Apr 30, 2015

Credit Molly Solomon
Students from Hawaiian-focused charter school Halau Ku Mana testified in opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Credit Molly Solomon

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs have rescinded their support for the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, changing their 2009 stance on the controversial project. But the board stopped short of opposing the telescope entirely. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

In a statement from the TMT International Observatory Board, Chair Henry Yang says “We are naturally disappointed that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has changed its position. However, we are by no means discouraged.” The TMT team plans to continue dialog and engagement with OHA and all other stakeholders.