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Updated: July 15, 9:03 a.m.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources officers are inspecting the location where demonstrators have tied themselves to a cattle guard on Mauna Kea Access Road in opposition to the start of the Thirty Meter Telescope construction. They are watching some untie themselves to rest but there are no arrests thus far. About 200 to 300 protesters are gathered at the mountain.

Updated: July 15, 8:32 a.m.

A state truck has arrived carrying several saddled horses in advance of the anticipated shutdown of Mauna Kea Access Road. Elders, among those opposing construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope and blocking the access road, say they will not move and plan to be arrested.

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Updated: July 14, 4:18 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige sought to quell rumors of a planned sweep to clear out protesters gathering at Mauna Kea as construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the mountain begins this week.

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MAUNA KEA — Scientists hope the massive telescope they plan to build atop Hawaii's highest peak, a world-renowned location for astronomy, will help them peer back to the time just after the Big Bang and answer fundamental questions about the universe.

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TMT Construction Scheduled To Start Up Next Week

Jul 10, 2019
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Updated: July 10, 4:27 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory announced Wednesday that construction of the telescope on Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island will begin next week.

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Updated: June 21, 12:29 p.m.

The controversial Thirty-Meter Telescope is moving ahead again, setting the stage for another round of protests. Gov. David Ige announced on Thursday that the project received a notice to proceed, meaning building of the telescope can resume on the summit of Mauna Kea.

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A group of University of Hawaiʻi faculty, staff, and students is urgingthe University terminate plans for construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. This comes a little over a month since the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court upheld its decision to allow TMT construction to proceed. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports. 

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In a historic decision the Hawaii Supreme Court handed down a ruling that will allow the Thirty Meter Telescope to proceed with plans for construction on Hawaii Island’s Mauna Kea. But some opponents have vowed they will not give up, though the legal options have narrowed. The project has long been on hold while a legal challenge played out.

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Apr 16, 2018
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The board of the legally beleaguered Thirty Meter Telescope deferred on a decision to relocate the project to the Canary Islands. The announcement came last week following the passage of a Mauna Kea construction ban by one house of the state legislature. Bute a move is not off the table.

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The state Land Board voted 5 to 2 in favor of approving the construction permit for the controversial telescope.

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Astronomers say the best place on earth to practice their science is on Hawai‘i Island: Mauna Kea. The mountain is also important to cultural practitioners, hunters, hikers, and sightseers.    The Mayor of Hawai'i County has been sharing his vision for the mountain.   HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more.

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A group opposing the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea is appealing to the state’s highest court for the second time. The group Mauna Kea Anaina Hou filed a notice of appeal with the Hawaii Supreme Court Monday evening.

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A $1.4 billion telescope planned for construction on Mauna Kea could move to another site. Officials from the Thirty Meter Telescope have selected the Canary Islands in Spain as the TMT’s alternate location if a permit for Hawai‘i is not granted by early next year.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s newsroom was recognized today by RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) with its third National Edward R. Murrow Award in two years. This 2016 award was in the category of Small Market Radio Continuing Coverage for a series of reports on the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope by HPR General Assignment Reporter Molly Solomon. The series previously won in the same category for its region, comprising California, Guam, Hawaiʻi, and Nevada.

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TMT: Hawaii Telescope Still In Limbo

Jan 25, 2016
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The future of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawai‘i Island’s Mauna Kea remains uncertain. Construction has been halted on the project since protests began last April. And in December, Hawaii's Supreme Court ruled the permit invalid, sending the matter back for a new contested case hearing.

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The state’s highest court has revoked a permit for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. The Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled that due process was violated when it approved the permit for the telescope before holding a contested case hearing. TMT may now have to go through the process again if they still want to construct the $1.4 billion telescope. 

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It has attracted thousands of astronomers from around the world. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the International Astronomical Union hosted this year by Hawai‘i, is attracting some protesters as well.

Hawaii Land Board Votes to Limit Mauna Kea Access

Jul 12, 2015
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The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 to approve an emergency rule that would restrict access on Mauna Kea and forbid camping materials. State officials made the decision after more than 8 hours of public testimony. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

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Molly Solomon

The University of Hawaii has released logs kept by Mauna Kea rangers and employees at the visitors center. The documents come ahead of today's Board of Land and Natural Resources meeting. On the agenda is an emergency rule that would prohibit camping and restrict nighttime access on the mountain.

The logs allege concerns of safety, threats to natural resources, and hostile comments towards visitors and employees since the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope began back in March.

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Molly Solomon

State officials are proposing emergency rules that would prohibit camping and restrict nighttime access on Mauna Kea. Hawai‘i’s Board of Land and Natural Resources plans to vote on the issue this Friday. But opponents say the new rules unfairly target TMT protesters and would violate the rights of cultural practitioners. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Molly Solomon

Protests have once again delayed construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. Building was slated to resume Wednesday, but a clash between law enforcement and protesters blocking the road, prevented construction crews from reaching the site. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

TMT Construction atop Mauna Kea to Resume Wednesday

Jun 21, 2015
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Construction is about to resume on Mauna Kea. TMT partners announced they plan to resume building the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope starting Wednesday.

Michael Bolte is a TMT board member and an astronomy professor at UC Santa Cruz. He says Governor Ige's recent support of the project and his management plan for the mountain prompted the decision to restart construction. "We felt it was a nice vindication of our approach," said Bolte. "We're ready to get started again."

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Molly Solomon

The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has agreed to hear the ongoing court case involving the Thirty Meter Telescope proposed for Mauna Kea.  Richard Wurdeman, attorney for the Mauna Kea Hui, says this move indicates the court views the issues involved as important for the state.

UH Outlines Path Forward for Mauna Kea

Jun 1, 2015
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Molly Solomon

It’s been one week since Governor David Ige told the University of Hawaii to do a better job of managing land atop Mauna Kea. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with school officials who laid out a tentative plan for future changes on the mountain.

The University of Hawaii's full statement on the management plan for Mauna Kea can be found here.

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