Protestors object plans to build telescope on land sacred to native Hawaiians

Plans to build the world’s largest telescope atop the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea were delayed Tuesday when a groundbreaking ceremony was thwarted by protestors. For native Hawaiians, Mauna Kea and the surrounding peaks are sacred….

Students at the University of Hawaii also voiced their concerns over the impending construction.

“This has been an issue for us because the momentum of their decision has been in full force, but they haven’t made the information public for a dialogue,” Pulama Long, a Hawaiian Studies major, told the university’s student paper Kaleo. “It’s a huge decision that affects a lot of people made by a small group.”

Universities and organizations from Japan, the United States, China, Canada and India are all contributing funding to the project. Despite the protest, construction is still expected to begin in April of 2015; the telescope is set to be completed by 2022.Brooks Hays

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