Supporters of the Thirty Meter Telescope gather for a rally outside the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Thursday. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
Supporters of the Thirty Meter Telescope, foreground, gather for a rally outside the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Thursday. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
This artist’s rendering made available by the TMT Observatory Corporation shows the proposed Thirty Meter Observatory. (AP Photo/TMT Observatory Corporation)
Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson visits with kupuna, an honored elder, during a visit to the protest site blocking the construction of the TMT telescope on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
Cody Keale, left, Pomaika’i Freed, and Kauinohea Antone embrace Tuesday during the ninth day of protests against the TMT telescope. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 14, 2019, file photo, the sun sets behind telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea. Scientists are expected to explore fundamental questions about our universe when they use a giant new telescope planned for the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain. That includes whether there’s life outside our solar system and how stars and galaxies formed in the earliest years of the universe. But some Native Hawaiians don’t want the Thirty Meter Telescope to be built at Mauna Kea’s summit, saying it will further harm a place they consider sacred. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
A telescope at the summit of Maunakea on July 14. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
HONOLULU The giant telescope planned for Maunakea will enhance humanitys knowledge of the universe and bring quality, high-paying jobs, supporters said Thursday, as protesters blocked construction for a second week.