Road closure, delay of TMT construction taking economic toll on Big Isle

//Road closure, delay of TMT construction taking economic toll on Big Isle

Monte “Pat” Wright isn’t taking sides in the standoff over construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. But he strongly desires a resolution as someone caught in the middle of the protracted dispute.

The owner of tour firm Mauna Kea Summit Adventures said nine of his 12 employees had to be laid off since the only road to the summit was closed by Gov. David Ige July 15 and blocked by TMT opponents since then.

“This is really killing us,” Wright said. “If this continues, we’re going to see people lose their homes.”

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