TMT opponents ask Hawaii Supreme Court to reconsider ruling

HONOLULU — Opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider a recent ruling upholding the project’s construction permit.

They filed a motion Monday saying the court should adopt the opinion of a dissenting justice. The motion says Associate Justice Michael Wilson was correct in saying the impact of the Thirty Meter Telescope on existing cultural resources must be considered.

The court ruled 4-1 that the land board was correct in approving a permit to build the telescope on Maunakea, a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

Supporters of the $1.4 billion project say it will bring educational and economic opportunities to the state.

Monday was the deadline to file a motion for reconsideration.


  1. Kaipo Wall November 21, 2018 1:26 am

    Paint the damn thing cinder red-brown . Skip all the reasons why not to .

    1. Pest Outwest November 21, 2018 8:55 am

      Good idea, they should paint all the telescope buildings to match the background, and maybe consider putting up some painted panels to match the slope, try to blend the whole mess into the mountain profile. It wouldn’t cost much and it might help lower the political temperature. Sure a gleaming “temple of science” has some attraction, but not if it pisses off the locals.

      1. Kaipo Wall November 21, 2018 9:44 am

        The observatory techs say they must use white or silver reflective paint to help keep the interiors properly cooled during the days . However the “political temperature ” is such that tremendous opposition is generated towards them and what they do up there and that pressure may prevail . Find another way to keep the interiors properly cooled ( it’s 13,700 ft , for Christ’s sake!) and paint the outsides in a cinder camo color . Haven’t they ever heard “out of sight out of mind” ? Their insistence for white and silver is a great big middle finger to all those ,looking up, whom oppose this usage of the Wao Akua .

        1. Pest Outwest November 21, 2018 2:25 pm

          Look, I have zero sympathy for the spiritual argument, that’s a bunch of superstitious nonsense imo . . . well, in fact. But, the white lumps on the summit are noticeable, and it would be a good idea to lower the temperature . . . inside and out. If heat is a big concern, what’s with all the windows? Cause it looks neat, they think.

  2. diverdave November 21, 2018 3:44 am

    Delay, Delay, Delay.

  3. Sara Steiner-jackson November 21, 2018 6:42 am

    You mean the Supreme Court forgot to consider the cultural impact??? They need to review and reverse their decision right away!!!

  4. fishman2 November 21, 2018 6:57 am

    Of course they considered the cultural impact and judged it inconsequential at best. The court should reject this immediately.

  5. Bond November 21, 2018 3:32 pm

    give it up already-let see lets go back to the stone age and run around naked and eating other

  6. metalman808 November 21, 2018 6:26 pm

    It’s gonna take ten years to build. Add your age now by ten. Get it going already. This benefits the whole world. Not just a “FEW”. It could save mankind. The eye to the sky is a gift to all mankind, even a gift to the protesters. Don’t short change the children.

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