Latest Mauna Kea News

28 telescope protesters plead not guilty in Hawaii court

Sep. 21, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Dozens of people arrested on the Big Island during the first week of Mauna Kea demonstrations in July have pleaded not guilty in their first court appearances. Twenty-eight of the 38 people arrested appeared in Hilo District Court Friday on obstruction charges for blocking access to the...

State subpoenas Hawaiian affairs agency's protest support

Sep. 20, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The state attorney general's office is ordering the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to provide information about how the agency is helping protesters blocking construction of a giant telescope. The attorney general's office subpoenaed the agency to provide documents related to efforts to...

Hawaii tour companies struggling due to Mauna Kea protest

Sep. 11, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii tour companies are beginning to experience negative effects from the protest that has blocked access to the state's highest volcano, a report said. Some tour companies near Mauna Kea are restructuring and selling off equipment as the closure of its access road continues,...

University: Losing Hawaii telescope risks billions in funds

Sep. 10, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Losing the Thirty Meter Telescope could mean losing billions of dollars in research funding over the next few decades, a senior University of Hawaii official said. Vassilis Syrmos, the school's vice president for research and innovation, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser not building the...

2 arrested in Hawaii near giant telescope protest site

Sep. 6, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Two men were arrested and a Hawaii state flag was torn Friday when crews and police arrived to a lava field on a Big Island mountain to remove a small wooden house built by demonstrators near the camp where they are blocking construction of a giant telescope, officials said. Law enforcement...

The Latest: Hawaii flag torn in protest structure removal

Sep. 6, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the removal of a wooden house built near an anti-telescope protest camp (all times local): 12 p.m. Hawaii officials say they had no choice but to tear a state flag that was mounted on an unpermitted house built by protesters near where they are blocking construction of a giant...

Telescope protesters erect Mauna Kea building without permit

Sep. 5, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Demonstrators opposed to a huge telescope planned for the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island have constructed a wooden building in a lava field near their telescope protest camp without obtaining a permit, officials said Protesters opposed to construction of the Thirty Meter...

Project leaders consider Hawaii telescope's future

Aug. 30, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's giant telescope construction project has been pushed back due to protests, forcing project leaders to reconsider their options. Thirty Meter Telescope Construction was scheduled to begin in July. Protests prompted state officials to grant the project a two-year extension to...

Concerns arise over Hawaii prosecutor son's job

Aug. 29, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The man responsible for prosecuting the mostly Native Hawaiian elders arrested for protesting construction of a giant telescope said there is no conflict of interest, even though his son works for one of the embattled project's partners. Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth's...

Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matter

Aug. 25, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — When starlight from billions of years ago zips across the universe and finally comes into focus on Earth, astronomers want their telescopes to be in the best locations possible to see what's out there. Despite years of legal battles and months of protests by Native Hawaiian opponents, the...