With High Court’s Ruling On Mauna Kea, It’s Time To Move Forward

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For more than three years the development of one of the world’s most advanced observatories has been in legal limbo.

It began when protesters (or “protectors,” as some described themselves) blocked construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, a $1.4 billion project planned for the top of Hawaii Island’s 13,800-foot Mauna Kea.

At issue were concerns that a site considered sacred by many Native Hawaiians was being desecrated. But so too at issue was the state’s astronomy industry, the economic and educational opportunities it provides and Hawaii’s global reputation as a place to do — or not do — business.

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