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TMT worked with the community to develop programs that will prepare Hawaii Island students for future STEM jobs.


TMT is committed to a model of sustainable astronomy; one that respects the unique environment of Maunakea.


Great care was taken to identify the best location for TMT out of respect for Maunakea’s rich history and the spiritual beliefs of native Hawaiian culture.


Astronomy directly supports about 1,000 jobs in Hawaii and has a total economic impact of $167.86 million statewide.


Given its advanced technology, TMT will enable scientific discoveries that we cannot even begin to anticipate today.

Community Supporting TMT

We Asked, You Answered

A statewide scientific public opinion poll was conducted in October 2015 by Ward Research, Inc., an independent research firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ward Research quota sampled for key demographic characteristics (e.g. age, ethnicity, gender, and island of residence). The demographics of the sample match the demographics of the community based on Census data. The margin of error is +/- 4%. Download: full poll results here.

 Yes/Agree   No/Disagree

Do you agree or disagree that there should be a way for science and Hawaiian culture to co-exist on Maunakea?


Do you support moving ahead with construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea?


Do you agree or disagree that TMT has followed a lengthy approval process, including permitting, community meetings and environmental impact statements, so work should proceed?


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