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Poll: On key controversial issues, Hawaii not as divided as it appears
Hawaii News Now

04.18.2017

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A new poll sheds light on some of the most controversial issues facing the state, and shows opinions aren’t as divided as some might think. The survey looked at public opinions on short-term vacation rentals, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, and death with dignity. When it comes to the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, 72 percent of likely voters said they supported it. more »

Navigator, Astronomer Testify at TMT Hearing
Hawaii Tribune Herald

11.03.2016

The Thirty Meter Telescope contested case hearing continued Wednesday at the Grand Naniloa Hotel Crown Room in Hilo with navigator Chad Kalepa Baybayan and astronomer Robert McLaren appearing as witnesses for the University of Hawaii at Hilo. more »

Yes, the state should allow TMT on Mauna Kea
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

09.07.2016

Our group, Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities (PUEO), is made up of highly respected members of the Hawaiian community. more »

Amano tackles TMT motions
Hawaii Tribune Herald

08.06.2016

Riki May Amano, hearings officer for the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case, waded through procedural questions and assertions of Hawaiian sovereignty during a hearing Friday in Hilo. But some of the weightier motions seeking to dismiss TMT’s land use permit application and disqualify the state’s legal counsel were deferred until another meeting Aug. 12.   more »

Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today
Hawaii Tribune Herald

08.05.2016

Participants in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case have filed a flurry of motions ahead of today’s meeting in Hilo, from declaring Mauna Kea sacred to ongoing challenges to Riki May Amano’s selection as hearings officer. more »

TMT support high, Big Isle poll finds
Honolulu Star Advertiser

08.04.2016

 Hawaii island residents continue to show strong support for the Thirty Meter Telescope, acording to a public opinion poll commissioned by the nonprofit that aims to build and run the $1.4 billion project atop Mauna Kea. more »

Public support for telescope increases
Honolulu Star Advertiser

07.19.2016

 The Thirty Meter Telescope might be a Big Island project, but Oahu is clearly TMT country. In the latest Hawaii poll, more than three-quarters of Oahu's likely primary voters say they support construction of the controversial $1.4 billion astronomy project, and more than half say it would negatively affect Hawaii's business reputation is it does not go forward. more »

The future of astronomy in Hawaii hinges on the Thirty Meter Telescope
Physics Today

07.01.2016

Mauna Kea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, remains the favored site for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), but in the face of multiple hurdles, the project’s leaders are making backup plans. The TMT partners hope the legal difficulties ensuing from the opposition to the telescope by some native Hawaiians will be resolved by early next year. If not, though, the partners intend to start construction somewhere else in April 2018. more »

Telescope company continues education fund despite limbo
West Hawaii Today

06.28.2016

The nonprofit company trying to build the Thirty Meter Telescope is continuing with its pledge to donate $1 million annually for educating students on Hawaii Island, where the project is planned, even though its future in the state is in limbo. more »

VIDEO: PUEO Leader Keahi Warfield Shares Vision
Big Island Video News

06.26.2016

Warfield said that although TMT has divided the community, he sees benefits in the $1.4 billion project, especially for the youth he mentors. Warfield also discussed his own history on the mountain; where his dad hunted and helped to lay fiber optic infrastructure, and where his brother did maintenance work for certain observatories. more »