The Thirty Meter Telescope will be a wonderful gift to the Hawaiian people. Here are the protesters’ complaints and how they have been addressed:
- Fourteen telescopes are too many. Five telescopes are being removed, leaving nine.
- Hawaiian burials and cultural practices will be disrupted. At the TMT location, there have never been burials or cultural practices.
- There are few benefits to Hawaiians. The nonprofit TMT consortium will provide 1,000 jobs, pay $1.08 million in annual rent and $1 million per year for STEM education on Hawaii island. It will enhance our reputation and diversify us away from tourism. The rest of us do not want our children to move to the mainland because they cannot make it at home.