Trust is hard won and easily tarnished. Hawaiis state government has a history of breaking promises and acting despotically. The battle over Maunakea is a battle that extends far beyond a telescope. The lands are ceded lands. These lands were taken from the Hawaiian people to be held in trust by the State of Hawaii and were to only be used for:
When Hawaiian Royalty adopted Christianity, the significance of Maunakea was reduced to a cultural icon. The ecosystems of Mauna Kea are important and protected according to 10 years of litigation. So, now science is stopped by a cultural icon under the pretense of its religious significance. Herein is a serious problem for Hawaiis population.
When I moved here, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) was the biggest telescope on the mountain. At a smaller NASA observatory, I watched my astronomer friends Bill Hartmann and Eleanor Helin as they observed planets and searched for asteroids (Glo Helin later named one of her discovered asteroids after me!). I myself observed supernova 1987A through a small telescope on another trip to the summit.