Latest Mauna Kea News

Hawaii mayor seeks telescope delay as lawmakers cut funding

Feb. 20, 2020 9:17 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County's mayor wants to delay construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope for two months or longer, while state lawmakers have approved cuts in law enforcement operations to deal with events such as the demonstrations that blocked access to the telescope. House legislators approved a...

Mauna Kea rules implementation could take 6 to 12 months

Feb. 17, 2020 2:30 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii's new administrative rules governing Mauna Kea could take up to a year before they are fully implemented, officials said. Democratic Gov. David Ige approved the rules in January. But it is likely to be six to 12 months before they are put into effect on the...

Hawaii panel backs Native Hawaiian reconciliation commission

Feb. 10, 2020 8:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A panel of Hawaii lawmakers on Monday passed a resolution calling for the governor to convene a Native Hawaiian reconciliation commission, a step that comes after protests blocking the construction of one of the world's largest telescopes. The protests put a spotlight on deep-seated...

Hawaii lawmakers introduce legislation to control feral pigs

Feb. 1, 2020 2:33 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A pair of bills introduced in Hawaii would remove restrictions on wild pig hunting on the Big Island to control the feral pig population and protect local plant life. The measures were introduced by multiple Hawaii Island senators and representatives on behalf of Mark Hanson, a Mountain...

Hawaii governor signs new Mauna Kea administrative rules

Jan. 15, 2020 9:30 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor signed into law a new set of administrative rules for management of land on the state's highest mountain. Democratic Gov. David Ige approved the new regulations Monday for the the University of Hawaii's oversight of Mauna Kea. The rules meant to protect the mountain's...

Decommissioning of Hawaii mountain observatory on schedule

Jan. 13, 2020 9:20 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The decommissioning process for one of the Mauna Kea telescopes to be removed in the coming decade remains on schedule. The Maunakea Management Board approved environmental assessments for the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory last month, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday. The...

Hawaii telescope protest site clear for 1st time since July

Dec. 30, 2019 9:14 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Protesters at the Mauna Kea Access Road removed barricades for the first time since July as the demonstrators against a giant telescope project shift their focus away from the construction site. The access road was fully reopened Saturday to all traffic except construction equipment for the...

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Hawaii telescope protesters to stay as blocked road reopens

Dec. 26, 2019 9:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Protesters opposed to building a giant telescope on Hawaii's tallest peak agreed Thursday to move a tent of elders that has blocked the mountain's access road. They agreed to move the so-called “kupuna tent," referring to the Hawaiian word for elder, as part of a deal announced by...

Telescope protest puts Hawaii County police $3M over budget

Dec. 26, 2019 10:47 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Police Department has gone $3 million over budget primarily because of the necessity of an increased police presence near the site of demonstrations at the Mauna Kea Access Road, an official said. Assistant Chief Samuel Thomas told the Hawaii County Police Commission of the...