Hawaii Supreme Court to hear arguments on giant telescope

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether to approve a building permit for a telescope on Maunakea.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the high court will listen to oral arguments Thursday on the Thirty Meter Telescope, which is named for the diameter of its main light-collecting mirror. It would be the largest and most expensive in the Northern Hemisphere.

Some astronomers say the Thirty Meter Telescope, which was originally estimated to cost $1.4 billion, will now take some $2 billion to complete.

If Thirty Meter Telescope astronomers don’t get clearance to start building on Maunakea soon, they say they will build it on La Palma in the Canary Islands, off Africa.

The Thirty Meter Telescope has been in the planning for 15 years.


  1. Raoul Duke II June 18, 2018 2:53 pm

    Build it and them will come..is the old adage. It is unbelievable that one of the greatest scientific achievements in modern history is being held up by ancient religious theology. It’s as if the Renaissance never occurred on this planet when scientific discovery and technological innovation takes a back seat to con men and politically motivated dodo’s.

  2. diverdave June 19, 2018 11:44 am

    Haven’t we already heard these “arguments” over and over again for 10 years? How many times are we going to hear about how their mythological religion should supersede all others, how they “believe” this rock to be “sacred” (what ever that abstract idea is), and that they should have the last say on everything in Hawaii? Enough already!
    The choice is backward or forward. Period.

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