Maunakea and the Thirty Meter Telescope


TMT Diagram
TMT will revolutionize our understanding of the Universe

Maunakea is the best location in the world for astronomy

Maintains Hawaii’s leading position in astronomy

Investing $2 million annually to STEM education and high-tech workforce development

$1 million annual lease rent

Create 300 construction jobs and employ 140 staff when operational

Generate $26 million annually in observatory operations


Hawaii Supports TMT

We asked, you answered*


bluePoll Yes/Agree     redPoll No/Disagree


Do you agree or disagree that there should be a way for science and Hawaiian culture to co-exist on Maunakea?
88%
10%

Do you support moving ahead with construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea?
62%
29%

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?
75%
22%

* 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.